TBY talks to Michael Kasch, General Manager, Rotana Centro Sharjah, on the sector.

Michael Kasch

To what do you attribute your high occupancy rates ?

Part of Centro Sharjah by Rotana's best selling points is location. We are situated next to Sharjah airport and close to the SAIF Zone as well as University City. The hotel sits on 9 acres of land, allowing us to also host outdoor garden events. Centro is a three-star hotel delivering five-star services to its customers. We remain focused on delivering the best we can at an affordable price, providing value for money. We all work toward the same goal with the same mindset. We want our employees to feel like family and our guests to feel that same level of comfort.

How would describe the hospitality market in Sharjah?

Sharjah is turning the corner on some difficult years that saw big declines in tourism and number of visitors as well as hotels and restaurants struggling to survive. In 2017, however, the first quarter has been successful and we hope this will continue to improve. There is evidence of this with the rising number of new hotels being constructed. These new properties will contribute to lifting the overall image of Sharjah and attracting new travelers. There are already more enquiries and bookings stemming from new events such as big sporting functions, corporate events, and trade conferences.