Official data in UAE revealed that the tourism sector in the first quarter of 2022 exceeded the levels before the Corona pandemic.
UAE Ministry of Economy said that the tourism sector exceeded the growth rates recorded not only in 2020 and 2021, but also during the same period in 2019.
The ministry stated that hotel establishments achieved 11 billion dirhams ($2.99 billion) in revenues for the first quarter of this year, with a growth rate of 20 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
Hotel establishments recorded a return to work at their full capacity, with about 200,000 hotel rooms, according to the statement.
According to the statement, the occupancy rate of hotels reached 80 percent in the first quarter, while hotel establishments during the first quarter attracted nearly 6 million visitors who spent 25 million hotel nights, a growth of 10 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
The ministry added, “The year 2019 represents the reference for measuring recovery and growth rates in most countries, and is one of the best years in the process of economic growth in general and tourism growth in particular.”
Hotel establishments in the various emirates of the country received about 4 million international tourists during the first quarter.
India, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Russian Federation and United States of America topped the list of the most important nationalities of hotel establishment guests coming from abroad.
The travel and tourism sector is one of the sectors most affected by the Corona pandemic during 2020, and its global effects on these sectors are expected to continue until 2024.
International tourism has gradually recovered after the Corona pandemic, and some countries have reached pre-pandemic levels, but others are still suffering in light of the renewed closures, such as China.
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