Political unrest makes its bad influence on all parts of life and hotels are no exception. Because of the Arab Spring hotels in Bahrain and Egypt have fewer visitors than a year ago. According to the survey conducted by the Middle East branch of Ernst & Young, the decline in visitors during first 6 months of the year estimated 40% in Cairo (Egypt) and 47.2% in Manama (Bahrain).
Hotels in Lebanon also feature a decline in visitors despite political calmness. The statistics data provided by STR Global shows the decline of 64.5% during the first half of 2011. However, not all areas on the region are in such scrutinizing position. Hotels in Dubai report increased occupancy that grew from 69% to 75%. This is really good as Dubai hotel industry has been greatly damaged by the recession. RevPAR level there has also grown and estimated US$119.
Among other markets with increased volume of visitors is Qatar. Here occupancy grew by 2% and estimated 63% during the first half of 2011. The performance of hotels in Saudi Arabia has also improved – besides the usual increase in tourists during Ramadan, this June the increase in occupancy estimated 8.5%.