>Dubai confident it can fill 10,000 extra hotel rooms

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>Dubai says growth in its cruise ship industry, more exhibitions, and increased efforts to promote the sector will help boost tourism to the emirate this year to fill the 10,000 hotel rooms it plans to add over the next 12 months.
The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said it would also focus on the implementation of a new hotel classification system, which was announced last year.
“The year 2011 is expected to outperform 2010 in terms of increasing the numbers of tourists, hotels, hotel rooms, and participation in international exhibitions and conventions, in addition to increasing awareness of Dubai abroad,” said Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, a spokesman for DTCM.
Tourism directly accounts for about 19 per cent of the emirate’s gross domestic product.

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