UAE tourism industry performance in Q1 2022 surpasses pre-pandemic growth

  • Hotel Furnishings generate AED 11 billion in revenue with 20% growth compared to the same period in 2019;
  • Hotel occupancy rate of 80% among the highest in the world;

HE Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, State Minister for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises and President of the UAE Tourism Council, revealed that the UAE’s tourism industry has reached a new growth milestone in the first quarter of 2022, enhancing its competitiveness at both regional and global levels. underlined .

HE attributed the sector’s latest achievement to the unrestricted support and guidance of the wise leadership of the UAE and its interest in this vital sector, which is considered one of the future sectors and an important focus area in the UAE’s development vision for the next 50 years.

The minister explained that in the first quarter of this year, the national tourism sector exceeded the growth rates recorded not only in 2020 and 2021, but also in the same period in 2019, which is the benchmark for measuring recovery and growth rates in the most countries today.

It is one of the best years in terms of economic growth in general and tourism in particular, confirming the strong comeback of the sector thanks to the forward-looking vision of the wise leadership of the UAE.

Equally important were the joint national efforts to develop national tourism, provide a supportive environment and integrated incentives for the development of tourism products, provide an adequate tourism infrastructure in the country and focus on the provision of high-added services. value, he said.

According to tourism figures for the first quarter of 2022, the country’s hotel establishments attracted nearly 6 million visitors who spent 25 million hotel stays, a 10% growth compared to the same period in 2019.

The average length of stay of hotel guests reached 25% in the same period, from 3 nights to 4 nights. In addition, the occupancy rate of hotel establishments in the country grew by 80% during this period, which is one of the highest in the world.

Hotel establishments also generated total revenue of AED 11 billion with a 20% growth compared to the same period in 2019 and resumed operations at full capacity of approximately 200,000 hotel rooms.

In addition, the first quarter of 2022 saw a revival and a strong comeback in inbound tourist flows from foreign markets, as hotel establishments in several emirates received nearly 4 million international tourists. India, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Russia and the United States of America topped the list of international tourists.

HE Al Falasi explained that these indicators underline the strength of the tourism product and the pioneering services and attractive tourist destinations that the UAE offers, as well as the advanced tourism infrastructure. They also reflect the growing confidence of visitors in the national tourism industry and the UAE’s reputation as a safe and convenient destination that can provide a rich and distinctive tourism experience.

In addition, HE highlighted the important role that the major events organized by the UAE in recent months have played in supporting the sector. These include Expo 2020 Dubai, which successfully attracted more than 24 million visitors in six months, and the ‘Worlds’ Coolest Winter’ campaign in its second edition, which generated a total turnover of AED 1.5 billion for over a month and a half and more than 1.3 million local tourists.

HE further commended the efforts of the relevant authorities, various local tourism departments and the strong partnership with the tourism private sector in the country, which has been instrumental in achieving these positive outcomes.

He also stressed the importance of further integration of roles between entities for tourism development to realize the UAE’s vision in this regard and provide the best tourism services and products to domestic and international tourists. These efforts are essential in consolidating the UAE’s position as a preferred and sustainable destination for tourism, investment and tourism projects.

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