from Hotels Magazine, Feb. 4, 2006
booming hospitality industry is maintaining its vibrant
growth tempo with the emirate's ever-expanding portfolio
of hotels and hotel apartments, also known as condo
posted impressive room occupancies since December 2005
after closing the three quarters of the 2005 with the
highest occupancy rate of 86% and the world's highest
revenue per available hotel room (RevPar).
Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)
data revealed that the average hotel room occupancy
levels for the months of December 2005 was 91.5%- up
from 85.1% compared with the corresponding month in
2004. The average beach hotels occupancy was 96% for
December 2005 as against 88% in December 2004.
DTCM Manager Media Relations, Mr. Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman,
said: "These numbers confirm that Dubai continues
its impressive growth trends well into the year 2006.
The aggressive promotional and marketing agenda of the
department has been helping the Dubai hospitality industry
grow further and post impressive results. This is a
huge achievement for both the leisure and business tourism
segments and clearly reflects the success of public-private
the five-star hotels, the average occupancy level for
December 2005 was 95% as against 89% recorded for the
corresponding month in 2004. In the four-star properties
category, the December average room occupancy was 96%-
up from 90% posted for the same month in 2004.
hotels too maintained the robust growth through average
occupancies 95% in December 2005, significant increase
compared with 88.5% registered during the same period
hotels and hotel apartments (condo hotels) reported
the highest occupancy rate in January-September 2005,
competing and wresting the initiative from other reputed
leisure and tourist destinations in the world.
and Smith Travel Research have jointly put Dubai on
top with an 86% hotel occupancy rate followed by New
York with 83% and Singapore at 80%. Mr. Eyad said the
hugely-inspiring performance by Dubai's hospitality
industry reconfirms emirate's emergence as a year-round
business and leisure destination for visitors from almost
every part of the world.
hotels and condo hotels have also been ranked the first
in the world in terms of generating the highest revenue
per available room (RevPar) between January and September
2005, followed by New York and Paris, according to Global
Lodging Review, a publication of the Deloitte and Smith
Travel Research. The premium travel research publication
highlighted that Dubai hotels' RevPAR (which provides
a measure of the revenue generated by each available
hotel room during the year) is the highest at US $175.47
while New York comes second with US $163.32 and Paris
third with US $169.53.
hotels have shown a 43% increase in average hotel daily
room rates between September 2004 and September 2005
(year-to-date statistics). Dubai presently has 393 hotels
and hotel apartments (condo hotels) with a total room
capacity of 35,396, an increase of 6% from 2004.