Eid al-Fitr boosts lodge bookings in key Center East markets


Key markets within the Center East are exhibiting a spike in lodge occupancy on the books throughout Eid al-Fitr, in line with STR’s AheadEid al-Fitr STAR information.   

“Whereas usually slower throughout Ramadan, leisure journey throughout the Center East is about to renew throughout Eid,” stated Kostas Nikolaidis, STR’s account govt, Center East & Africa. “Many nations supply paid holidays for 3 to 5 days post-Ramadan, which is the place we usually see spikes in occupancy. This yr, nonetheless, Qatar introduced an 11-day vacation, additional extending the size of journey time accessible to rejoice the tip of the Holy Month.” 

When wanting on the Eid journey interval (as of 10 April), Abu Dhabi and Dubai present occupancy on the books peaking on Saturday, 22 April at ranges of 59.7% and 60.3%, respectively. 

In Qatar, nonetheless, occupancy on the books reaches its highest level on Sunday, 23 April (at 42.3%). 

“Qatar naturally operates at a decrease occupancy when in comparison with Abu Dhabi and Dubai,” stated Nikolaidis. “The prolonged Eid vacation interval out there this yr might result in decrease occupancy peaks as demand might unfold throughout extra days. Total, we’re anticipating Eid to sign a return to the sturdy efficiency seen throughout the area currently, with Qatar projected to succeed in the 70% mark, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai anticipated to achieve occupancy above 80% throughout the vacation interval.” 

Final yr throughout Eid, Qatar and Dubai’s occupancy spiked on 4 Could at 78.2% and 88.8%, respectively, whereas Abu Dhabi noticed its highest occupancy stage on 3 Could (at 85.4%).

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