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Hotels in Middle East Perform Worse Due to Unrest

News 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%.

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