Dubai has reported an 8.7% increase in hotel occupancy, raising the overall occupancy to 81.3% during April 2011, according to new figures from Deloitte.
The UAE city’s hotels saw an increase of 13.3% in revenue per available room (RevPAR) to reach $217, which was led by events such as Dubai Marina Street Festival, the Gulf Film Festival & Faithless World Tour Live.
Occupancy in the Middle East also increased by 2.3% from the same period in 2010 to 69.1%, while RevPAR increased by 3.5% to $147, compared to $94 in Europe, $93 in the Asia Pacific region, and $63 in the Americas.
Abu Dhabi’s occupancy during April was 69.3% compared with 59.9% in 2010, with RevPAR at $114 compared with $124 in 2010, boosted by events such as the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Arab Market 2011 and Pro Drag Racing Series.
Hotels in Beirut witnessed an occupancy of 58.3% during the month of April compared to 72.5% in 2010 and Jeddah’s occupancy was recorded at 72.3%.
Muscat’s hotel occupancy was recorded at 53.1% during April 2011, which is down by 20.3% compared to 67% in 2010.