Dubai reports healthy increase in hotel stays for the first three months of 2011

Dubai has recorded a leap in hotel stays of almost 14% for the first three months of the year, overriding any fears of over-capacity in the emirate. The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing said guests in the emirate’s hotels reached 2.38 million, up from 2.09 million recorded in the first quarter of 2010.

The Director General of the DTCM, said: “This positive result is due to close cooperation between the government and the private sector and our relentless efforts to attract visitors to the emirate.”

Revenue at hotels was also up, by 16%, and DTCM said the average length of stay had also showed improvement, now sitting at nearly four nights. The emirate saw the completion of a further 8,276 hotel rooms in the past year – Dubai now has 72,419 rooms – and hotel occupancy levels still managed to rise, up by 3.7% to 79%.  Dubai now has 385 hotels and 188 hotel apartments.