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Arabian Travel Market is scheduled to be hosted between April 22 – 25 Arabian Travel Market is scheduled to be hosted between April 22 – 25

GCC Visitors Leading Northern Emirates Occupancy Levels

GCC visitors are driving occupancy demand across the UAE’s northern emirates, comprising more than 30 percent of hotel check-ins, according to data released ahead of this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

The data shows that, of the overall occupancy rises, GCC residents travelling to Fujairah now make up 39 percent of the emirate’s total occupancy levels, 34 percent for Ras Al Khaimah and 34 percent for Sharjah, a trend that ATM’s data expects to continue.

“The northern emirates are becoming increasingly popular, especially with GCC visitors, as Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah all recorded significant growth from the regional market,” noted Simon Press, senior exhibition director, ATM.

“There are many reasons. Improved transport infrastructure has certainly boosted staycations particularly from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and visitors from Oman, as well as new luxury properties and a host of new attractions has boosted arrival numbers.”