Sharjah reports 16pc rise in hotel guests

DUBAI — Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) announced its first quarter tourism report, yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 4 May 2005, 10:54 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:03 PM

The report reveals an increase in hotel guests visiting Sharjah during the first three months of this year. With 16 per cent increase, the 61 hotels and hotel apartments in Sharjah accommodated 336,813 guests in 2005 as compared to 289,888 guests in 2004.

Hotel rooms have shown a good 18.8 per cent increase, as total guest nights were 363,674 by the end of the first quarter of this year as compared to 306,000 in 2004.

“As a real indication of our marketing approach, this report shows that we are on the right track in supporting, promoting and marketing the tourism sector of Sharjah,’’ said Mohamed A. Al Noman, Director of SCTDA in his comment of the report.

SCTDA is participating at ATM this year with 253 s.qmt stand space, and focusing again on another symbol of Sharjah heritage and culture, the Arts Museum.

By participating at ATM 2005, SCTDA is aiming to serve the purpose of promoting the emirate Sharjah as one of the most popular Middle East tourist destinations.

Al Noman added: “We will continue communicating with the regional tourism sector. Our continuous participation at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) explains our strategy in targeting the local, regional and international tourism market aiming to attract more inbound tourism.’’

Sharjah's delegation at ATM 2005 is led by Shaikh Tariq bin Faisal Al Qassimi, SCTDA Chairman. The delegation includes senior representatives from Radisson SAS Resort, Coral Beach Resort, Sharjah National Hotels, Millennium Hotel, Embassy Suites Hotel, MH Group (Carlton, Nova Park, Beach Motel, Golden Beach Hotel), SATA/Sharjah Civil Aviation, Tropic International Tours, Orient Tours, and Air Arabia.

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