The tourist flow in Sharjah is on the recovery path, showing an increase of 7 percent during the first five months of this year according to the latest report by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA).

“The total number of guests staying in the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments reached 637,390, a seven percent increase compared to the 594,105 guests reported for the same period in 2009,” the report said.

Figures clearly demonstrate the resilience of Sharjah’s tourism sector, which has seen steady progress due to firm and well-studied steps. The emirate will now continue to work on future plans to help increase the tourist flow into Sharjah.

According to SCTDA statistics, there was a slight growth in the tourism sector with a 70 percent hotel occupancy rate reported in the first five months of this year compared to the 67 percent recorded in the corresponding period of 2009.

The total number of guests staying in hotels was 317,288 in 2010 compared to 308,656 in 2009, with 320,102 guests staying in hotel apartments in the period under review (up from 285,449 in 2009).

Figures also show that the total number of room nights in Sharjah’s hotels and hotel apartments rose to 671,097 in 2010, with hotel room nights accounting for 356,203 and hotel apartment room nights accounting for 314,894 compared to 621,910 room nights in the same period of 2009, with hotel room nights accounting for 341,496, and hotel apartment room nights accounting for 280,414.

The SCTDA’s statistics show that European tourists accounted for 46 percent of the total tourist arrivals during the first five months of 2010, ranking first, while GCC tourists accounted for 25 percent of the total number of tourists who visited the emirate, ranking second. Tourists from Asian countries accounted for 14 percent, while tourists from other Arab countries accounted for 10 percent. Tourists from the Commonwealth, USA, Africa and Pacific region made up five percent.

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