Credit By: Khaleej times
Many hotels in Dubai have already reached 75% of their bookings for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and industry executives anticipate getting full occupancy by the middle of the following month. The festive season is a peak period for Dubai’s tourism sector, with solid reservations for hotels, airlines, and tour operators. Dubai has already surpassed its pre-pandemic tourist figures, reaching 12.4 million visitors from January to September 2023, making it another record year for reservations.
Booking.com search data reveals that 80% of places are unavailable during Christmas, and 88% are booked for New Year’s Eve. The high demand reflects the excitement and anticipation surrounding events and gigs in the UAE over the next two months, attracting visitors worldwide.
Hotel Industry Outlook
Abdulla Al Abdulla, COO and GM of Central Hotels and Resorts stated that the group’s properties have recorded advanced bookings between 19% and 75% for the last week of December. The strong demand and advanced bookings give hotels the leverage to increase room rates by 20% compared to the previous year.
Thomas Kurian, Manager at Leva Hotels, anticipates a record-breaking holiday season driven by ongoing and scheduled events. There is a steady increase in occupancy at Shangri-La Dubai, with full occupancy expected from December 27, 2023, to January 2, 2024.
Jan Hanak, MD for Radisson Hotel Group in the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar, noted that reservations have already begun for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The Dubai market typically sees a significant portion of bookings closer to the event dates.
Bookings for Christmas and New Year celebrations in Dubai come from a diverse range of countries, including the domestic market, the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Saudi Arabia, and India. Prominent source markets include European and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) markets like France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Australia, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. Dubai’s unique attractions and global appeal contribute to attracting guests from around the world during the festive season.
Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) plays a significant role in promoting Dubai as a top travel destination. The high demand and international appeal underscore Dubai’s status as a sought-after destination for holiday celebrations.
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