Sharjah has announced plans to nearly triple the number of Chinese tourists it attracts by 2021.
Mohamed Juma Al Musharrkh, CEO of the Sharjah FDI Office, known as Invest in Sharjah, said he hoped the number of Chinese tourists visiting Sharjah would rise from 68,000 in 2018 to around 200,000 by 2021.
He made the statement to state news agency WAM on the sidelines of the UAE-China Economic Forum, which began in Beijing on Monday and coincides with the state visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to China, which aims to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
Al Musharrkh highlighted available investment opportunities and the facilitations provided by Sharjah to investors in its free zones and Sharjah International Airport.
He said Sharjah has launched many initiatives to attract more Chinese tourists.
The total number of hotel guests in Sharjah in 2018 reached 1,738,543, with their combined revenue totaling AED633 million ($172.3 million), the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said in April.
Russian visitors continued to increase market share which achieved 23 percent in 2018 from 15 percent in 2017, it said, adding that the top five nationalities who travelled to the emirate also included Omanis, Chinese, Saudis and Indians.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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