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Abu Dhabi on track for 2.3m hotel guests

Abu Dhabi, October 1, 2012

Abu Dhabi remains right on track to attain its 2012 hotel guest target of 2.3 million with recent official data showing a 15 per cent jump in guest arrivals in the first eight months of the year compared to last year, said a top official.

From January to the end of August, 1.55 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi’s 130 hotels and hotel apartments accounting for 4.39 million guest nights thus registering a rise of 10 per cent on last year’s comparative period, according to a Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

This hotel guests' growth also resulted in a 3 per cent uplift in the total hotel revenue which hit Dh2.8 billion ($770 million) during the period, the TCA Abu Dhabi said in its report.

“We are well placed to again achieve our annual target as we have a series of major events to come, including EidFest Abu Dhabi, the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Art,” remarked Mubarak Al Muhairi, the director general, TCA Abu Dhabi.

“December will also see the launch of the destination’s next major power draw – the Yas Waterworld Aqua Park – which is already attracting worldwide attention and promises to deliver a significant year-end boost for Abu Dhabi,” he noted.

The destination benefitted from its best August performance to date with a 58 per cent increase in guest arrivals when compared to the same month last year, a 27 per cent climb in guest nights to 519,610.

It also resulted in a 4 per cent uplift in occupancy levels which soared to 55 per cent and a 19 per cent rise in total hotel revenue which surged to hit Dh255 million - a result TCA Abu Dhabi attributes to the Eid Al Fitr holiday which fell at the end of the month.

“The GCC, including domestic tourism from within the UAE,  was our strongest growth market during August with guest arrivals from the region climbing 128 per cent on last year – there was particularly strong growth from Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia – which suggests that our campaign of there’s much more now to see and do in Abu Dhabi is taking hold within our neighbouring countries,” added Al Muhairi.

Overall in the period January-August, the UK remained Abu Dhabi’s most productive hotel guest market with some 88,567 Britons staying in the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments though the figure is a slight drop of one per cent on 2011.

The UK guests accounted 378,431 guest nights which fell by 4 per cent year-on year. India continues to perform well, now ranking as the emirate’s second most productive overseas market with 87,106 Indians staying –a 31 per cent increase on 2011 – which translated into 324,522 guest nights,  a 22 per cent rise on 2011.

In third place was Germany which saw a 44 per cent increase in Abu Dhabi’s hotel guest profile translating to 59,561 arrivals and 267,983 guest nights – a 38 per cent uplift on 2011.

China is rapidly climbing Abu Dhabi’s hotel guest rankings – it’s now in 16th place with the 19,497 Chinese who stayed in the emirate between January and August delivering an 80 per cent increase on last year and some 35,225 guest nights – a rise of 53 per cent on year-to-date.

Commenting on the increased room stock availability, TCA Abu Dhabi chief said, "The emirate now has 22,193 hotel rooms, compared to 18,600 this time last year. This has led to a slip in occupancy levels of 63. The average length of stay has also fallen by 5 per cent and now stands at 2.83 days.

“We are quietly confident of expanding the length of stay with new leisure product coming on line and plans to increased activation of the existing product portfolio nearing completion,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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