Posted by Neil King
The emirate of Sharjah saw its hotel occupancy rate rise from 64 per cent in July 2009 to 70 per cent in July this year, new figures show.
According to a report released by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Department (SCTDA), the total number of guests staying in Sharjah's hotel apartments in the month of July reached 68,363 - a 14 per cent increase on the 59,888 guests reported for the corresponding period last year.
During the same period, the number of hotel apartment nights increased by 12 per cent from July 2009 figures of 58,722 to 65,626.
The SCTDA statistics also show that Gulf Cooperation Council tourists remained the top visitors to Sharjah in July 2010, accounting for 45 per cent of total tourist arrivals.
Commenting on the results, Mohamed A. Al Noman, director-general of the SCTDA, said that the authority was "striving to promote Sharjah at all international, regional and local events and exhibitions in order to attract more tourists to the emirate".