Booming Ajman tourism

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AJMAN – Ajman is contributing well to the overall performance of United Arab Emirates when it comes to tourism.

The total revenue from the tourism and hospitality sector in Ajman reached AED458 million in 2017 as the emirate made its presence felt in the UAE’s diversified economy.

Compared to AED411 million revenues in 2016, Ajman generated an increase of 12 percent while the number of local hotels rose to 39, which included 3,654 rooms with a total of 6,079 beds.

Saleh Al Geziry, Director-General of the Ajman Tourism Development Department, said that Ajman stands out as a unique destination for tourism investment, due to its wide range of investment opportunities in major tourism sectors, such as medical tourism, sports tourism, commercial tourism and entertainment tourism.

According to statistics issued by the department, the emirate received 544,447 tourists in 2017, and the number of room nights of these tourists reached 872,434, compared to 835,331 in 2016, an increase of 4 percent.

Ajman’s resorts witnessed an increase in their occupancy rate by 82 percent in 2017 while the number of visitors to Ajman’s museums rose by 19 percent during the same year.

The number of hotel nights spent by visitors and tourists last year reached 1,418,053, compared to 1,278,966 in the previous, an increase of 10 percent. The total number of residency nights of German tourists also rose by 27 percent. Germany is one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the world and is a major target for Ajman.

As part of the department’s efforts to strengthen its bilateral relations with major international tourism agencies, it will participate in ITB Berlin, the largest commercial travel and tourism exhibition in the world, which will be held between 7th and 11th March.

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