This came in a special presentation by the Authority before a select audience of more than 60 leaders and representatives of hotel industry at Radisson Blu Sharjah last week seeking their inputs and suggestions on the new hotel classification criteria that are being put together.
The two-day session started with a discussion on Sharjah’s Hotel Classification and Licensing Law and the latest updates on the classification criteria procedures that the Authority introduced in 2008 following the Sharjah Executive Council Decree No. 16. The meeting elicited and discussed the views and suggestions of the representatives of the hotel industry.
SCTDA Chairman, HE Mohamed Ali Al Noman said that the new hotel classification process is aimed at upgrading and improving quality standards of the hospitality sector in the emirate and bolster growth. “The proposed norms are aimed at improving the experience of the growing number of international visitors to Sharjah, offering the consumers better quality services and greater number of choices. They will help create new investment opportunities and attract new tourism market segments,” said Al Noman.
The SCTDA Chairman underscored the importance of cooperation between the Authority and all hotel establishments in the emirate to strengthen the hospitality sector, which is one of the most crucial pillars of the tourism industry.
“Providing better quality services and facilities to tourists will in turn enhance the standard of the tourism sector and boost the tourist flow to the emirate,” Al Noman said adding that the new classification norms are in tune with the latest trends and developments in global tourism markets and the requirements of the domestic market of the emirate.
“The hotel industry plays a crucial role in the development of tourism sector. This is why we have been sparing no effort to support and involve this critical sector in our strategy—from organising meetings and participating in local and international exhibitions to training and organising field trips and sites visits for the hotel industry representatives,” said Al Noman.
For their part, leading representatives of the hotel industry welcomed the new initiatives and mechanisms for the hotel classification, vowing to exert all possible efforts to cooperate and work with the Authority to boost the tourism sector in the emirate.
The number of hotel establishments in Sharjah stands at 102, which includes 47 hotels and 55 hotel apartments. The number of hotel rooms in the emirate now stands at 9,178 rooms that include 5,191 hotel rooms and 3,987 serviced hotel apartments. Over the past few years, Sharjah’s hospitality sector has been witnessing a steady growth in hotel occupancy and number of international visitors year on year, directly contributing to the emirate’s economy.