Business for Dubai’s hotel sector has been maintained at record levels as both corporate and leisure visitors continue to stream in to the city, pushing occupancy and average rates beyond budgeted levels.
According to Tony Homsi, General Manager at the Coral Oriental Dubai hotel, expectations are that the bullish results for 2011 will be maintained well in to the future as new markets open up and airline expansion feeds more traffic through Dubai.
“While the 10 per cent growth in visitor numbers in to the city last year was largely attributed to the fall-out from the Arab Spring, diverting both business and holidaymakers to Dubai, this level of growth has now consolidated in 2012,” he said.
“Emirates alone is launching services to eight new destinations this year,including cities in North and South America, as well as routes to Dublin, Barcelona and Lisbon, while adding capacity to markets such as India, Germany and Italy – while flydubaihas announced its 50th destination, offering budget fares for visitors from the Middle East, India sub-continent, Asia and central and eastern Europe.”
With the Arabian Travel Market focusing attention on the regional travel market this May – and organisers already predicting a record show – Mr Homsi is confident that business is here to stay.
“While the recession did introduce a dose of reality in to the hospitality sector in the emirate, the bounce back has been strong and sustained, with the realignment of hotel pricing opening up Dubai to a wider audience – to the benefit of all involved in the tourism sector,” he said.
Located in Deira just 10 minutes’ from Dubai International Airport, the Coral Oriental offers 95 rooms and suites, Mediterranean restaurant and café, business centre and boutique conference room, valet parking and wi-fi, plus a free shuttle to nearby beach facilities.
For more information about the hotel visit coral-orientaldubai.com