Tourist numbers expected to double in 2013
In line with the Government’s vision to create a sustainable tourism in the Emirate, City Centre Sharjah recognises the crucial role that it plays towards economic growth. The premiere lifestyle destination has recently announced that it is on track to almost double the amount of tourists over last year, with over 45,000 expected. In the first quarter alone, the mall has already welcomed 11,500 tourists on its shuttle bus service this year.
Complimentary shuttle buses to and from the mall are operational and available at 14 hotels, which attracted more than 25,000 tourists in 2012. This is a result of the partnership between City Centre Sharjah and key strategic hotels in the Emirate: Coral Beach Hotel, Radisson Blue Hotel, Al Hamra Hotel, Rotana Hotel, Summer Land Hotel, Lulu Beach Hotel, Sharjah Beach Hotel, Sharjah Carlton Hotel, Holiday Inn Hotel, Marbella Hotel Holiday International, Hilton Hotel, Ramada Hotel, Aryana Hotel, Al Bustan Rotana Hotel and Lords Beach Hotel.
Abdulhamid Bukhashem, Senior Manager, City Centre Sharjah said: “Our growing tourism numbers reflects our competitive status in the market, and City Centre Sharjah has already surpassed key milestones for the year, with 11,500 visitors in the first quarter alone. Our tourism program underlines our commitment towards boosting tourism into the Emirate. As the Emirate attracts more tourism investments, we, as one of the biggest players in the market, are in a position to contribute in sustaining its growth.”
Last year, the mall introduced tri-lingual directories to accommodate multinational visitors as well as the Shuttle Bus and special deals tailored for travelers. The initiative was launched in 2011 to provide tourists with value-added and convenient service. (all TBC)
The Government envisions developing its tourism industry by means of its cultural approach combined with the increasingly modern and luxurious infrastructure and friendly environment. According to Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, the tourism sector has grown substantially ever since the 9 per cent share in the Emirate’s GDP in 2009. It is expected to grow over the years ahead. The Authorities urge both public and private sectors to build on the success of the recent increase international tourism numbers, in addition to highlighting the importance of the regional tourism market.