General Travel News

Sharjah Tourism Numbers Rebound

The latest report by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) shows the tourism industry rebounding. The number of visitors increased 9 percent in the second half of the year, after falling 15 percent in the first half of the year.  The report said “The total number of guests staying in the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments was down to 1,447,934 in 2009, a 6 percent decline compared to the 1,535,234 guests reported in 2008.”  

The number of guests staying in hotels declined from 824,135 in 2008 to 748,677 in 2009.  SCTDA statistics show the number of hotels and hotel apartments in Sharjah increased to 110 in 2009, comprised of 69 hotel apartments and 41 hotels.  There were 103 hotel and hotel apartments in 2008, comprised of 37 hotels and 66 hotel apartments.  The SCTDA report said the hotel occupancy rate in Sharjah fell only 11 percent despite the global financial crisis and its impact on the world’s tourism sector.
 

More General Travel News
Collect souvenirs from the first Emirates Airbus A380
Mauritius welcomes back tourists after lifting restrictions
flydubai touches down in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Latest Travel News
Mauritius welcomes back tourists after l...
flydubai touches down in Ljubljana, Slov...
Four new hotels opening soon in Dubai...
Featured Sights To See
What to do with Children in Tow

What to do with Children in Tow

Brisbane, Australia

One of the best places to bring the children to is the Queensland Cultural Centre which has the Queensland Museum and the Sciencentre which has great hands-on activities for them to be pre-occupied for hours. Another great place is Hands On Art (07 3876 5077, www.handsonart.org.au 150 Enoggera Terrace) which is a non-for-profit organization that arranges all sorts of art workshops for kids with cl...

Design Museum

Design Museum

Helsinki, Finland

This museum is a display of both modern consumer and modern industrial arts and designs. It has a couple of permanent exhibitions showing the planned drawing of industrial and consumer goods ever since the beginning to the 20th century. However, most exhibitions are seasonal.  There is a record for all designers that have passed and those that are still operating in Finland. It is located in the n...

Mount Mary's Basilica

Mount Mary's Basilica

Mumbai, India

Mount Mary’s Church, a Roman Catholic church, is probably Mumbai's most famous church. It is visited by people of all faiths. Perhaps the oldest church in Mumbai, it was built by the Portuguese around 1640 AD. It is situated on a hillock about 80 m above sea level and from there one can get magnificent views on the waters of the Arabian Sea. A  week-long fair held annually on the Sunday follo...

Doha Fort

Doha Fort

Doha, Qatar

This is a landmark dating back to the Ottoman colonization of Doha. It was built in the 1800s. Originally this fort served as a prison. It was restored in the 1970s and since then houses a museum showcasing Qatari history.  Qatari paintings and arts and crafts are on display here. Exhibits include Bedouin handicrafts, gypsum and wooden ornaments, fishing equipment and boats, historical photos...