Abu Dhabi clocks 22% rise in guests arrivals

Overview of the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi
Overview of the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi

The month of August closed on a positive note for Abu Dhabi hotels. As per recent statistics, the number of guests in the emirate’s accommodation rose 22% as of August last year.

According to figures just released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) 306,890 guests stayed in Abu Dhabi’s 156 hotels and hotel apartments last August delivering 877,819 guest nights – a 24% year-on-year rise. The average guest length-of-stay nudged up one percent to 2.86 nights.

HE Jasem Al Darmaki, acting director general, TCA Abu Dhabi said: “Our top international source market was Saudi Arabia. Around 20,977 guests from the Kingdom stayed with us last August which was an increase of 41% on August last year.”

Abu Dhabi has 10 more hotels than this time last year with an additional 2,495 rooms in the market. Hotel revenues for August rose 19% to AED401 million (US$109 m) with food and beverage accounting for AED143 million (US$39 m) – a 14% year-on-year uplift.

The performance boost has taken Abu Dhabi’s hotel guest arrivals for the first eight months of the year to 2.2 million – which is 27% up on the corresponding period last year. Year-on-year guest nights have risen 22% to 6.67 million with hotel occupancy lifting 8% to 73% though average-length-of-stay has dipped four percent to just over three nights. Year-on-year Abu Dhabi’s hotel revenues have climbed 15% to AED 3.8 bn (US$1 bn) with food and beverage jumping 12% to AED1.5 bn (US$395 m).

India tops the charts for Abu Dhabi as its leading overseas source with 142,613 Indians checking into the emirate in the first eight months of this year – a 33% rise on the same period last year. In all the Indian guests delivered 533,181 guest nights, which lifted by 16% and they stayed, on average, 3.8 nights.

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