Abu Dhabi’s 142 hotels and hotel apartment welcomed some 236,704 guests, a 20% rise on April last year – with guest nights jumping by almost a third to 738,797. These figures were released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
“One of the most encouraging results is the progress we are making, with our partners, in expanding the average-length-of-stay of Abu Dhabi’s hotel guests,” said HE Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general, TCA Abu Dhabi.
The average-length-of-stay of hotel guests during April was 3.12 nights, a growth of an eight percent on the same month last year. During April, Abu Dhabi’s occupancy rate climbed 12%, revenue rose 18% to AED 468,474,193 (US$127.6m). Room revenue was up 21% to AED238,135,624 (US$64.8m) while food and beverage turned witnessed a rising of 16% to AED183,853,608 (US$50m).
Performance for the first four months of this year shows 10% growth in hotel guests to 868,121, a 25% uplift in guest nights to 2.9 million, a 13% rise in average- length-of-stay to 3.29 nights, a nine percent increase in occupancy to 73% and a 16% surge in total revenue to AED1.9bn (US$517.4m) with a slight dip of three percent in average room rate to AED480 (US$130.7).
Domestic tourism remains solid with 283,856 guests from within the UAE delivering 649,114 guest nights in the first four months of this year with an average-length-of-stay of 2.29. On the international front, the UK remains the largest overseas source market for hotel guests with some 54,050 Britons staying in Abu Dhabi’s hotels in the first four months – a 10% rise on the same period last year. They stayed on average, 4.71 nights – up 11% on the corresponding period – and accounted for 254,768 guest nights – up 22%.
India is the second largest overseas market for hotel guests. A total of 50,057 Indians checked into Abu Dhabi’s hotels from January to April this year – an 18% lift on the same period last year. They accounted for 228,410 guest nights – which is up 51% year-on-year – and stayed an average of 4.56 nights. German came in at third place with 44,033 German nationals staying in Abu Dhabi’s accommodation – a 22% rise on the first four months of 2012. They accounted for 201,573 guest nights – which is up 30% – and stayed on average for 4.58 nights. Russia turned in the biggest percentage growth over the four months with 10,101 Russian nationals staying in the emirate – a 66% increase on last year – which translated into 62,281 guest nights, which was up 73% year-on-year. Russians are also proving to be the emirate’s longest stayers, averaging 6.17 nights.