Sharjah has reported an overall occupancy rate of 70 percent in the third quarter of 2010, compared to 65 percent in the corresponding period in 2009, showing a 5 percent increase, according to the latest report by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA).

The Authority issued the statistical report on the performance of the Emirate’s tourism sector for the third quarter of 2010, on the sidelines of its participation in the World Travel Market (WTM), being held in London from 8-11 November this year. The SCTDA statistics show increase in the occupancy rate of the Emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments, proving the resilience of the Emirate’s tourism sector and the success of the Authority’s plans

According to the figures, the occupancy rate of hotels reported a 72 percent occupancy rate in Q3 2010, compared to the 68 percent recorded in the corresponding period in 2009, showing a 4 percent growth. While the occupancy rate for the hotel apartments reached 67 percent, a 6 percent increase compared to the 61 percent reported for the same period in 2009.

The report showed an increase in guests staying in the Emirate’s hotels and hotel appartments, with the number of guests staying in the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments increasing from 1,051,212 in 2009 to 1,100,872 this year. The figures for guests staying in hotels accounted for 537,016, and guests staying in hotel apartments accounting for 563,856.

These statistics clearly demonstrate the resilience of Sharjah’s tourism sector, which has seen steady progress due to the structured strategy executed by them. Furthermore, the reports show that the total number of room nights in Sharjah’s hotels and hotel apartments rose to 1,126,187 in the thirds quarter of 2010, with hotel room nights accounting for 581,903 and hotel apartment room nights accounting for 544,284.

The figures can be compared to 1,065,717 room nights during the same period in 2009, with hotel room nights accounting for 569,228, and hotel apartment room nights accounting for 496,489, showing a 6 percent growth with a total increase of 60,470 nights over the corresponding period in 2009.