Sharjah continues to draw international visitors.  Hotels in the emirate recorded 1,562,869 guests during the Year 2011 as against 1,562,869 arrivals during 2010.

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority statistics for Year 2011 show an increase in the occupancy rate of the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments.  The hotel occupancy rate in the emirate over the past year stood at 76 per cent.   Sharjah’s hotels received 843,676 guests in 2011 whereas they had recorded 774,651guests in 2010. Hotel apartments received 719,193 guests in 2011 whereas they recorded had 782,234 guests the year before.

Hotel apartments recorded 71 per cent occupancy last year compared to 70 per cent in 2010.  The overall occupancy of hotels and hotel apartments in the emirate has been put at 74 pc in 2011.

The total number of room nights in Sharjah’s hotels and hotel apartments rose to 1,804,530 in 2011, with hotel room nights accounting for 1,026,934 and hotel apartment room nights accounting for 777,596.

This can be compared to 1,537,765  room nights in 2010 with 806,401 hotel rooms and 731,364 hotel apartment rooms, a 17 per cent increase from 2010.

The number of hotels and hotel apartments in the emirate stood at 104 during 2011 (47 Hotels and 57 hotel apartments). The total number of hotel and hotel apartment rooms reached 9,123 (5,191 hotel rooms and 3,932 hotel apartment rooms) recording a 6 per cent increase.

Sharjah was working to attract more tourism investments in the emirate and expects to increase the number of hotel rooms in the emirate to go up to 12,000 over the next four years, with a focus on 5 star and 3 star hotels and beach resorts.