SHARJAH / WAM
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), has participated in the OTM Mumbai as part of the UAE delegation under the umbrella of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities. The exhibition, one of the largest specialised travel and tourism shows in India, attracted a large number of entities from the tourism and travel industry from the region and the world.
Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Authority, said the Indian market is one of the five largest exporters of tourists to Sharjah. He said in 2015 hotel facilities in the emirate recorded more than 157,000 hotel guests from India, registering an increase of 16 per cent compared to the year 2014, when the emirate received 136,000 hotel guests.
He said hotel guests of Indian nationality accounted for 8.8 per cent of the total guests in the emirate’s hotels in 2015, compared to 6.6 per cent in 2014. Air Arabia contributed to the growth by increasing the accessibility to Sharjah with 112 flights from 13 Indian cities, he added.
Al Midfa pointed out that SCTDA pays special attention to the Indian market and is keen to participate in specialized travel and tourism exhibitions in the country. The Authority has also been organising annual roadshows in a number of Indian cities to introduce the latest developments in the emirate’s tourism industry and promote its major projects, facilities and attractions, he said.