Sharjah eyes 5% growth in tourism this year

02 May 2010

(MENAFN) The Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said that the emirates tourism activity is expected to grow by 5 percent this year after recording a growth of 9 percent in the second half of 2009, Khaleej Times reported.

Contrary to statistics issued by the World Tourism Organization which estimated a growth of 3 to 4 percent for tourism in 2010 as compared to the figures of 2009, the number of tourists coming to Sharjah in the second half of 2009 showed 9 percent growth, the chairman affirmed.

The SCTDA has appointed Canada-based International Hospitality to measure the compliance of hotels and hotel apartments with its criteria for each category as per the classification law, he said.

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