· 14.8 million lodge visitors in 2020, spending a mean of three.7 nights per visitor.
·54.2 million nights spent at 1,089 hospitality institution, registering a 54.7% occupancy fee.
· AED41 billion generated from inner tourism within the UAE final yr
The UAE tourism sector carried out outstandingly in 2020 regardless of the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, revealed by the Ministry of Economic system, noting that the sector was among the many least affected and quickest to get well world wide.
The UAE recorded a 54.7% lodge occupancy fee in 2020 – the second highest on the planet behind solely China – whereas the worldwide fee dropped to 37% beneath the load of the pandemic, and motels within the Center East area recorded simply 43% occupancy. That is in parallel to the numerous decline in vacationer exercise, which fell by 74% world wide and 76% within the area.
Hospitality institutions welcomed 14.8 million visitors in 2020, who spent 54.2 million nights in 1,089 totally different institutions that offered roughly 180,000 rooms, in keeping with official statistics issued by the World Tourism Organisation and the Emirates Tourism Council – established by the Council of Ministers in January 2021 and chaired by His Excellency Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises. This brings the typical keep to three.7 nights per visitor, with returns of AED318.5 per room. In the meantime, home tourism contributed AED41 billion to the nationwide economic system final yr – a determine that’s anticipated to double within the upcoming few years.
“The worldwide tourism business bore the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic,” famous H.E. Al Falasi. “Guided by the directives of its sensible management, the UAE was capable of shortly include the outbreak’s influence on the native tourism sector, counting on innovation and agility in its efforts to offer incentives, launch initiatives, and create alternatives to speed up the restoration of the tourism sector and increase its contribution to GDP.”
“Regardless of the super challenges it introduced onto the business, the pandemic additionally created new alternatives for home tourism, with a surge in demand recorded over the previous yr, particularly through the holidays and trip season, and a few institutions even reporting full occupancy. This displays the prime quality of the companies the sector supplies, which rank among the many finest on the planet,” H.E. defined. “Strengthening home tourism is crucial for making certain the tourism sector’s full restoration and driving sooner financial recuperation. The UAE can profit from its superior infrastructure, fashionable amenities, and wide selection of companies and actions to advertise itself as a vacationer vacation spot with so much to supply guests – be they UAE residents or travellers from overseas.”
H.E. Al Falasi asserted that the following stage will embrace additional initiatives aiming to keep up the sector’s excellent efficiency and increase possibilities for restoration: “The UAE Technique for Home Tourism, the Unified Tourism Id Technique, and ‘The Most Lovely Winter within the World’ marketing campaign, all launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, have been key to reaching these optimistic outcomes domestically, at a time when the worldwide tourism sector nonetheless reels from the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with tight restrictions on motion nonetheless in place world wide.”
“The tourism sector’s accomplishments over the previous yr are a results of the notable efforts made by all related events to advertise the sector on the federal and native ranges,” H.E. added. “That is along with the proactive measures the UAE applied to take care of the outbreak and minimise its influence on public well being. UAE authorities actively inspired widespread testing for infections, main the world within the variety of exams carried out as a proportion of the entire inhabitants. The preventive measures established a way of reassurance and helped create a secure surroundings to welcome vacationers.”
In keeping with world statistics on tourism, China ranked first on the planet in occupancy charges at lodge institutions with a fee of 58%, adopted by the UAE in second place with 54.7%, and the US in third with 37%. The highest three have been adopted by Mexico (32%), Turkey (30%), Thailand (27%), the UK (26%), Spain (23%), Italy (16%), and Germany (12%).
Statistics additionally revealed that the UAE suffered the least when it comes to vacationer visitors in 2020, the place exercise fell by simply 45.2% – the bottom drop on the planet. The UAE was adopted by Mexico, the place vacationer visitors decreased by 52%, then Italy (63%), Germany (69%), Turkey (73%), Saudi Arabia (76%), the USA (77%), Spain (78%), the UK (82%), and Thailand (83%).