Higher occupancy rates in Sharjah hotels

03/08/2011 - Northern Emirates Property & Investment News Posted by Neil King
Higher occupancy rates in Sharjah hotels

Hotels in Sharjah have been experiencing greater numbers of visitors this year, recording a 75 per cent occupancy rate in the first half of 2011.This is a three per cent rise on last year's figures, figures from the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority show.One of the reasons for this could be down to political turmoil in other Middle Eastern countries, leading tourists to visit safe nations like Sharjah, while Yogesh Batra, the assistant manager of the Sharjah National Travel and Tourist Agency's contracting department, told Gulf News that it could be down to a drop in prices in the emirate.He said that this has made Sharjah a more affordable travel destination, with more than 768,000 people staying in hotels in the region, of which 40 per cent were European travellers.The emirate is doing more to encourage tourists as well, with the nine-day Sharjah Light Festival taking place earlier this year. It saw 90,000 visitors attend and highlighted the monuments and landmarks of the area.