Hotels in Dubai saw the number of visitors increase by ten per cent during 2011.

The popularity of taking holidays in Dubai does not show any sign of slowing down soon, as the emirate announced it had seen a ten per cent increase in the number of visitors staying there during 2011.

According to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), there were 9.3 million people staying in hotels and other accommodation in the state during 2011, compared with the 8.5 that stayed there during the previous year.

In addition, the average length of time people were staying in their accommodation was also up, with stays lasting for 3.6 days, up 12 per cent on the figure for 2010.

DTCM director general Khalid A bin Sulayem said: “The substantial gains by hotels and hotel apartments reflect, once again, the vibrancy and dynamism of the tourism industry in the emirate.”

The numbers come shortly after the Dubai International Airport announced the number of visitors arriving by plane in January was up 14 per cent compared with the same month in 2011.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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