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Only China had higher hotel occupancy than the UAE in 2020
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April 10, 2021

The UAE had the second highest hotel occupancy in the world last year behind China, the country's economy ministry said.

Occupancy was 54.7 percent and 12.8 million guests were received by UAE hotels, it said, citing data from the World Tourism Organization and the Emirates Tourism Council.

The performance reflected how fast the country recovered from the pandemic’s impact, according to Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi, the UAE minister of state for entrepreneurship and SMEs.

“Despite the tremendous challenges it brought onto the industry, the pandemic also created new opportunities for domestic tourism, with a surge in demand recorded over the past year, especially during the holidays and vacation season, and some establishments even reporting full occupancy,” he said.

Guests in the UAE spent 54.2 million nights in 1,089 establishments, according to the data, with an average stay of 3.7 nights per person. Domestic tourism alone contributed about $11.2 billion to the country’s economy in 2020.

Global occupancy rate d to 37 percent in the same period, while the Middle East region recorded about 43 percent occupancy.

China, with the highest rate, recorded 58 percent.

 

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China’s tourism revenue to reach 195 bln USD in H1
April 10, 2021

China’s tourism revenue will reach 1.28 trillion yuan (about 195 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of 2021, up 102 percent year on year, according to the China Tourism Academy (CTA).

More than 1.7 billion domestic trips in China are expected to be made in H1, up 85 percent year on year, according to the academy at an online press conference on Friday.

During the upcoming Labor Day holiday from May 1 to 5, domestic tourist trips will recover to or even surpass the pre-COVID-19 level, said Dai Bin, director of the CTA.

Meanwhile, according to a survey by the academy, over 83 percent of the respondents said they are willing to travel in the second quarter of 2021, up 1.02 percentage points and 4.93 percentage points compared with Q1 of 2021 and Q2 of 2020, respectively.

In Q1 of 2021, Chinese people made 697 million domestic trips and the country’s tourism revenue reached 560 billion yuan, increasing by 136 percent and 150 percent year on year, respectively, said the CTA.

“China’s tourism consumption is enjoying a speedy recovery. It will see a consumption boom in the third quarter of this year, especially during the weeklong National Day holiday,” said Dai.

 

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