UAE emirate reports $54.4m in revenues in H1, 2016
Ajman generated Dh200 million ($54.4 million) in tourism revenues in the first half of 2016, with a total of 272,021 visitors travelling to the UAE emirate during the January to June period.
According to the Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD), tourism revenues from April to June 2016 reached Dh92 million ($25 million), 11 percent higher compared to the same period in 2015. Total visitors for the period were 129,617, up from 119,376 in 2015.
The occupancy rate for the second quarter was reported at 63 per cent for hotels while hotel apartments achieved a 68 per cent occupancy rate.
HE Faisal Al Nuaimi, general manager of ATDD, said: “The increase for the second quarter of 2016 may be minimal but it is still a significant increase because when combined with the revenue of the first quarter, the result is very encouraging. Factors such as the fall in oil prices, currency fluctuations and geopolitical situation are impacting industry performance but as the report indicated, the numbers of visitors are picking up which means tourists view the UAE as a safe destination with our stable and economic environment and a diverse range of offerings that attract both existing and potential markets.”
Guest nights for the second quarter reached 293,512 with the majority of the guests staying at five- and four-star hotels and superior and standard hotel apartments. UAE residents accounted for the largest number of visitors followed by those from Asia and Africa, other Arab countries and GCC nationals. Europeans, Americans and Russian visitors comprised more than 30,000 of the total guests.
With the addition of three furnished apartments to the inventory during Q2, Ajman currently has 39 establishments with a total of 3,392 hotel rooms and units. Sources…..