Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments reported a healthy half year performance in terms of hotel guests, guest nights and revenues with occupancy also rebounding to reach 77%.
Statistics released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) show that from January to end June 2014, 1,700,135 guests checked into Abu Dhabi – a 28% up lift on the first half of 2013. The arrivals delivered 5,147,392 guest nights, which was up 22% on the comparative period last year with occupancy climbing eight percent year-on-year.
Hotel and room revenues both jumped 15% to AED3.089 bn (US $841 m) and AED 1, 578 bn (US $429.8 m) respectively.
The half year performance was aided by a jump in year-on-year uplift for June when guest arrivals rose 14% to 264,203, guest nights climbed 18% to 771,997, the average length-of-stay nudged up four percent to 2.92 nights and occupancy moved up eight percent to 70%. Hotel revenues rose 16% to AED413 m (US $112.4 m).
“The occupancy increase should also be viewed alongside the fact that the number of hotels in the emirate in June this year stood at 154 with a total of 27,405 room against June 2013 when there were 145 hotels accounting for 25,270 rooms,” said HE Jasem Al Darmaki, deputy director general, TCA Abu Dhabi.
“There was considerable arrivals uplift during the month from within the UAE market, the GCC, China, Russia, India, France, Germany and the UK,” he further added.
Year-on-year domestic tourism is proving robust increasing by 25% as have GCC arrivals with growth being largely driven from Kuwait (44%), Oman (41%) and Saudi Arabia (21%). India continues to be the destination’s most productive source market. In the first six months of this year 107,995 Indians checked into Abu Dhabi’s hotels – a 35% increase on 2013. These Indian guests delivered 408,862 guest nights, which was a 22% uplift, and stayed, on average, 3.79 nights.
“There has been a slight fall off in the average-length-of-stay of our Indian guests which we are now assessing and will work with stakeholders to better tailor product specific to this guest sector profile,” said Al Darmaki.
The UK is the destination’s second largest overseas market with 98,710 Britons checking in – 26% more than last year. The British accounted for 423,737 guest nights, which was a rise of 17% and stayed, on average, 4.29 nights. Germany came in as the third most productive international market. Some 67,768 Germans checked into Abu Dhabi – eight percent more than in the first half of 2013 and delivered an 11% increase in guest nights to 328,351 staying, on average, 4.85 nights.