Rasha Tabila (Abu Dhabi)
The UAE is leading the recovery of the tourism and travel sector globally, with a strong increase in the number of passengers through the country’s airports and tourism movement activity, with high tourist participation and high frequency of hotels.
The UAE has witnessed the recovery of its tourism and aviation sector, as the hospitality and hospitality market in the UAE recorded a strong performance during the first quarter of this year, with the support of Expo and the return of international visitors to the UAE Arabic. after easing restrictions on international travel.
International organizations and destinations specializing in tourism and aviation unanimously agree that the sector will continue to recover from the “Corona” pandemic this year, with positive signs recorded since the beginning of the year in the number of passengers and tourists, especially with the relief. of many countries by travel restrictions.
A report released by JLL showed that the hospitality and hospitality sector in the UAE recorded a strong performance during the first quarter of this year, noting that the increase in overall market performance was driven mainly by luxury projects. coastal development, which benefited from strong demand for leisure component, the report also showed an increase in the average daily price of a room in luxury and medium-sized hotels.
According to a report published by Booking.com, the performance indicators of the hotel sector in the UAE marked a tremendous increase during the first quarter of 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic levels recorded in the same quarter of 2019 .
The report data showed an increase in average accommodation in Abu Dhabi hotels during the first quarter of 2022 by 2.2% to reach 2.04 nights, while the average daily room rate was around 411 dirhams.
According to the report, international markets accounted for about 42% of the nationality of the capital’s hotel guests during the first quarter, compared to 47% for the domestic market and 11% for the Gulf market.
In Dubai, the average daily room rate increased by 24.7% to reach 722 AED, compared to the same quarter of 2019, while the average length of stay increased by 17.9% to reach 3, 33 nights.
In the aviation sector, according to the data of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, has announced that the number of passengers in the country’s airports has exceeded 20 million during the first quarter of this year, registering 20.38 million passengers, compared with 8.6 million registered passengers. in the same period of 2021. With this an increase of 135%.
In its latest statement, the authority confirmed that the registered numbers show that the aviation sector in the UAE has managed to overcome the challenges of the “Covid-19” crisis and resume a growing phase that reflects the volume of confidence and position global. she enjoys.
Increase of 117%.
Dubai received about one million international tourists last January, an increase of 117% compared to the same period last year, at a time when Dubai received 7.28 million international visitors last year, an increase of 32% compared to the same period of 2020, emphasizing. the importance of the active role it plays in the recovery of the global tourism sector and to prove that it is taking sustainable steps to achieve sustainable growth, as part of its relentless effort to become the preferred destination to visit in world. Dubai and Abu Dhabi hotels ranked first and second, respectively, globally during the first quarter of this year.Abu Dhabi about 76.7%, while London ranks third with 74.5%, then Berlin, Germany, with 69.7% . Globally, the World Tourism Organization showed, in its latest data, that the number of international tourists increased by 130 percent in January last year, with an increase of 18 million tourists, as the increase recorded in last January. is equal to the growth recorded for the whole of 2021. In the same context, the World Travel and Tourism Council expected the travel and tourism sector to record an increase in its contribution to the global economy to $ 8.6 trillion. this year, marking results that are only 6.4% lower than the levels of a year before the “pandemic”, as the sector contributed about 9.2 trillion dollars to the global economy in 2019.
58 million jobs
The council indicated that the sector is expected to provide around 58 million new jobs in 2022, bringing the total number of jobs to 300 million jobs, as these results are only 1% lower than the 2019 levels.
At regional level and for the Middle East, the Council indicated that the sector’s contribution to the Middle East economy is expected to reach around $ 246 billion this year, which is 8.9% lower than pre-pandemic levels, where the travel and tourism sector recorded in the Middle East is worth about $ 270 billion in 2019.
A strong recovery in the region is expected if governments continue their commitment to develop and invest in the tourism sector.Digital, which facilitates travel procedures for travelers.
The International Airports Council confirms that the number of passengers is expected to reach about 3.7 billion passengers this year, while domestic travel is expected to recover faster this year compared to international travel, to register about 4.4 billion passengers in 2022.