The third quarter of 2014 is shaping up well for Ajman. The emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments catered to 161,000 guests, up 31% year-on-year. These statistics were recently released by the Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD).
The last quarter’s hotel revenue reached around AED67 m from AED42 m in the same period in 2013.
Ajman has 31 hotels and hotel apartments, offering 2,922 rooms. This year so far, however, one hotel has opened— Ajman Saray, which is managed by The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. For Ajman hotels, Europe, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Gulf Cooperation Council are the largest source markets.
The emirate is allocating 40% of its 2014 budget to boost work on new development, economic and social projects that are meant to bolster tourism. A lifestyle development called Al Zorah is under construction. The first phase includes two beach resorts operated by Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Lux Resorts & Hotels, featuring 110 and 190 rooms respectively. Once completed, the project will feature six waterfront resorts and serviced residences.
Ajman International Airport once completed is expected to serve at least one million passengers a year when it becomes operational in 2018. With all the positive development well in place, the Ajman tourism department is targeting a 15% increase in visitor numbers this year.
In the first half, guest numbers reached 415,000, up 46% from 2013.