According to data released by Dubai's Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), Dubai's hospitality sector continued to expand its offering, as the city welcomed 15.92 million international overnight visitors in 2018.
The data showed that the hotel sector observed an 8% growth over a 12-month period versus 2017, with the total number of hotel and hotel apartments keys reaching 115,967 across 716 establishments.
Luxury five-star hotels made up 33% of the emirate’s total inventory, with four-star hotels commanding a 26% share. Properties in the one- to three-star categories represented a share of 20%.
Hotel apartment establishments constituted a combined 21% of the total inventory, split into deluxe/superior and standard categories.
With average occupancy reaching 76%, occupied room nights were up to 30.13 million, while guests’ average length of stay remained unchanged at 3.5 nights.
The 15.92m international overnight visitors in 2018 marked a new high according to Dubai Tourism.
India was still the top source market, crossing the two million mark, while the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) came in second, remaining the highest traffic volume generator for the GCC, with 1.6 million visitors, representing a steady 3% year-on-year growth. The UK, meanwhile, also retained its third place slot with 1.2 million British travellers visiting the city in 2018.