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Dubai’s hotels welcome over 11 million guests in 2013

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Dubai’s hotels welcomed more than 11 million guests in 2013 – an increase of just over one million on the 2012 numbers and a positive indication that Dubai is on the way to achieving its target of welcoming 20 million visitors a year by 2020.

dubai-3nightDubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) released the statistics which also show increases across key indicators such as hotel establishment revenues and room occupancy.

Guest numbers across all hotel establishments (hotels and hotel apartments) in 2013 reached 11,012,487, a 10.6 per cent increase on the 9,957,161 of 2012. Dubai’s top 10 hotel guest source markets remained, for the most part, unchanged when compared to 2012 - with some slight changes in positioning. Saudi Arabia, India, UK, USA, Russia, Kuwait, Germany, Oman, Iran and China made up the top ten for January to December 2013.

FULL STATISTICS FOR JANUARY – DECEMBER 2013

2012-2013 Dubai Hotel Establishment Source Markets*

2013

%

2012

Rank

Nationality

Total Guests

Change

Rank

Nationality

Total Guests

1

Saudi Arabia

1,353,819

19.9%

1

Saudi Arabia

1,128,757

2

India

888,835

16.3%

2

India

763,986

3

UK

758,657

10.5%

3

UK

686,842

4

USA

510,423

0.8%

4

USA

506,387

5

Russia

403,990

2.9%

5

Russia

392,687

6

Kuwait

336,032

16.9%

6

Iran

323,349

7

Germany

324,352

3.0%

7

Germany

314,951

8

Oman

290,826

2.0%

8

Kuwait

287,401

9

Iran

277,847

-14.1%

9

Oman

285,023

10

China

275,675

11.0%

10

China

248,367

11

Australia

269,147

39.0%

11

Pakistan

239,503

12

Pakistan

259,457

8.3%

12

Australia

193,575

13

Egypt

207,327

22.2%

13

France

170,855

14

France

186,438

9.1%

14

Egypt

169,621

15

Qatar

171,742

7.7%

15

Qatar

159,456

16

Philippines

135,638

5.1%

16

Philippines

129,085

17

Italy

132,992

11.2%

17

Italy

119,581

18

Jordan

119,602

17.6%

18

Jordan

101,679

19

Lebanon

111,682

12.4%

19

Bahrain

101,456

20

Netherlands

100,934

13.0%

20

Lebanon

99,319

* excluding UAE

         

Hotel: occupancy, revenues and new openings

Revenues for hoteliers and hotel apartment operators saw significant growth with total revenues up by 16.1 per cent reaching AED 21.84 billion for 2013.

Total guest nights also recorded increases, up 11.0 per cent to 41.57 million when compared to 37.45 million in 2012. Occupancy rates for hotel rooms increased from 78 per cent to 80 per cent, while the occupancy rate for hotel apartments was 82 per cent, up 6.5 per cent when compared to 2012. These figures become even more significant given that 2013 saw a number of new accommodation options enter the market. The number of hotel rooms and apartments at the end of 2013 amounted to a total of 84,534 (611 establishments) compared to 80,414 (599 establishments) in 2012, representing an increase of over 5 per cent. In the current development pipeline for 2014-2016 there will be an additional 139 hotel establishments added to the market including 91 hotels and 48 hotel apartments bringing the total to 750 hotel establishments and just under 114,000 rooms.

The range of hotel openings throughout 2013 provides early testament to this: these included Barjeel Guest House in Bur Dubai; a number of two, three and four star properties including Vida Downtown Dubai, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Novotel Hotel Al Barsha; five-star hotels in the city such as Conrad and Oberoi; and two new five-star resorts on the Palm Jumeirah, Sofitel and Anantara. The number of hotels grew from 599 at the end of 2012 to 611 at the end of 2013.

In September 2013 the Government announced an initiative to incentivise hotel owners to bring forward construction timelines of three and four star hotels, with eligible developments granted a concession on the standard 10 per cent Municipality Fee which is levied on the room rate for each night of occupancy. This was followed in January of this year by the issuance of a series of directives from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, designed to enhance and streamline hotel investment and development in the Emirate.

2011-2013 Dubai Hotel Establishment Figures Summary

Indicators

Establishments

2011

2012

2013

Guests                                                (Numbers)

Hotels

7,262,730

7,823,117

8,641,355

Hotel Apartments

1,832,840

2,134,044

2,371,132

TOTAL

9,095,570

9,957,161

11,012,487

% Change

-

9.5%

10.6%

Guests Nights                            (Numbers)

Hotels

23,266,875

26,003,103

29,049,743

Hotel Apartments

9,581,315

11,442,350

12,529,025

TOTAL

32,848,190

37,445,453

41,578,768

% Change

-

14.0%

11.0%

Average Length of Stay

Hotels

3.2

3.3

3.4

Hotel Apartments

5.2

5.4

5.3

TOTAL

3.6

3.8

3.8

% Change

-

4.1

0.4

Hotels & Hotel Apts

Hotels

387

399

416

Hotel Apartments

188

200

195

TOTAL

575

599

611

% Change

-

4.2%

2.0%

Total Revenues ('000 AED)

Hotels

13,666,731

16,031,996

18,713,965

Hotel Apartments

2,298,280

2,787,261

3,130,067

TOTAL

15,965,011

18,819,257

21,844,032

% Change

-

17.9%

16.1%

Total Rooms & Flats

Hotel Rooms

53,828

57,345

61,670

Hotel Apartment Flats

21,015

23,069

22,864

TOTAL

74,843

80,414

84,534

% Change

-

7.4%

5.1%

Average Room Rate (in AED)

Hotel Average Room Rate

563

588

629

% Change

-

4.4%

7.0%

Apartment Ave Flat Rate

383

419

433

% Change

-

8.9%

3.8%

Occupancy %

Hotel Room Occupancy

74%

78%

80%

% Change

-

5.4%

2.6%

Hotel Apartment Flat Occ.

74%

77%

82%

% Change

-

3.9%

6.5%

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