Dubai hotels see visitor numbers rise

09/01/2012 - Dubai Investment News Posted Bob Brunskill
Dubai hotels see visitor numbers rise

Property investors with interests in the Middle Eastern hotel sector have seen demand for rooms rise in recent weeks.That is according to one industry expert who claimed that a boost in Dubai's tourist numbers of late has seen hotels benefit from increased occupancy rates.Good weather and events like the Dubai Shopping Festival has attracted a higher number of visitors to the emirate, leading to a healthy business rate for hotel owners.Naeem Darkazally, vice-president of sales and revenue at Rotana Hotels, told The National that the first ten days of 2012 saw the firm record occupancy rates of 90 to 100 per cent."January in general, I can’t believe what’s happening. It is really outstanding," he told the news provider."We traditionally have a dip in our traditional source markets that are not leisure-oriented in the first ten days of January."With a number of airlines opening new flights to Dubai, the number of tourists look set to rise this year.