Dubai’s hotel and tourism industry has witnessed positive results during the countdown to the festive season. According to local newspaper, Gulf News, hotels in the city have seen occupancy rates surge over the past six to eight weeks. Rates in many hotels rose above 80%, with many poised to pass the 90% mark over Christmas and the New Year.
"Yes, we believe the trends are going to hold - all indications are pointing towards the positive," commented Raki Phillips, Middle East area director of sales and marketing at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. "We can see this through an increase of corporate and leisure travellers to the region, especially with the development of more low-cost carriers that has helped us to reach out to new segments that we didn't have before, while making Dubai an attractive destination to a diverse range."
Recent figures also showed that Dubai International Airport handled more than four million passengers during the month of October, while it marked an overall 15.6% rise in visitor numbers by the start of December.