The country’s hotels witnessed a record performance during the first two weeks of the blessed month of Ramadan, amid high demand from visitors to take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on room rates, breakfast and suhoor meals, as well as valuable offers. added for families, children. and groups, which comes as part of the race to accommodate the largest possible number of guests, especially locals, with local tourism taking the lion’s share at the present time.
Hotel managers, whose opinions were polled by the “Economic Statement” said that Ramadan offers this year come about easing the pandemic restrictions, and returning life to normal, which has contributed to providing more incentives, which is generally reflected. The tourist movement, especially in domestic tourism, which is the first source of hotel visitors during this period of each year, expecting the occupancy rate to increase during the current season, compared to the previous two seasons, which witnessed a state of closure of full. to the pandemic.
Michael Koth, general manager and regional vice president for Middle East operations at the Emirates Palace Hotel, said that in the first two weeks of Ramadan, there was a large turnout and a positive response, from visitors and guests, especially after two years . of the restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic.
He added that given the demand we have witnessed during the first two weeks of Ramadan, we are confident that the positive performance will continue throughout the rest of the holy month.
For his part, Ammar Hilal, Director of Sales and Marketing Department at Marriott Al Forsan Hotel Abu Dhabi, said that since the beginning of Ramadan, the hotel has witnessed tremendous attendance for restaurants, especially during the time of iftar and suhoor, and we are expected to witness more turnout in the coming days, especially as we are witnessing a significant increase in bookings for Iftar and Syfyr over the weekend.
He explained that in terms of occupying rooms, we are witnessing a state of relative calm, as a result of the declining pace of travel for entertainment purposes, while Abu Dhabi maintains a constant rate of hotel bookings by businessmen. and those who come with the intention of working to pursue their projects, and we look forward to witnessing next May, a significant increase in Occupation rates during the week of Eid al-Fitr and the weekend, which coincides with the beginning of the summer of Abu Dhabi . campaign, which is accompanied by many special offers, including hotel stays, shopping, dining and entertainment.
Ismail Ibrahim, General Manager of Ramada Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, said the hotel has achieved a strong performance in the first days of Ramadan, with increased visitor attendance after easing pandemic restrictions, stressing that value-added offers always attract families and families, citizens and residents, to enjoy discounts on iftar and suhoor, that is why hotel restaurants are the most popular during the month. Ibrahimi expected the activity to continue throughout the month of Ramadan, with a significant increase in momentum during the blessed feast of Eid al-Fitr, which we expect with an extraordinary activity of the tourism sector in the country, especially with the return of travel and traffic. of aviation in its earlier pre-pandemic era.
For his part, Haitham Omar, General Manager of Al Jaddaf Rotana Hotel, Dubai, said the hotel has had a strong performance since the beginning of Ramadan. Haitham expected the hotel to maintain good performance throughout the month of Ramadan, especially since the existing guests during the current period are with long stays, stressing that the strong performance is expected to continue during the Eid al-Fitr period as well as we expect. an increase in the occupancy rate by visitors to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries Gulf and region. Firas Sharrouf, General Manager of the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Hotel, said the hotel was performing well during the first days of Ramadan, thanks to the easing of pandemic restrictions, two years after the application of the precautionary measures, stressing that the beginning of Ramadan is usually is calmer than the rest of the month, but given this year, the overall movement in the hotel sector is very positive. “We are seeing positive signs in terms of individual bookings throughout Ramadan, as trends generally look much better than last year and we expect to achieve results similar to those we achieved in 2019.
For her part, Rana Wasfi, Director of Sales and Government Protocol at Rixos Hotels in the UAE, said the performance of the hotel sector during Ramadan is the best since the beginning of the pandemic, especially in light of easing restrictions. , preventive. increasing measures and demand for guests to catch the offers available and offered in restaurants.Includes breakfast and suhoor.
Wasfi added that although the month of Ramadan is one of the months in which the usurpation of hotels is experiencing a state of calm, due to the tendency of residents for the atmosphere of home and family, the intensity of offers offered by hotels contributes to the revival of occupancy. attracting domestic tourism.