Abu Dhabi reports 28 percent H1 rise in hotel guests
Data by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, show that from January to the end of June this year, 1,700,135 guests checked into the emirate's accommodation, 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 8% year-on-year.
Hotel and room revenues both jumped 15% to AED3.089 billion and AED1.578 billion respectively.
The bullish half year performance was aided by a jump in year-on-year up-lift for June when guest arrivals rose 14% to 264,203, guest nights climbed 18% to 771,997, the average length-of-stay nudged up 4% to 2.92 nights and occupancy moved up 8% to 70%. Hotel revenues rose 16% to AED413 million ($112.4 million).
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 guests from India delivered 408,862 guest nights, a 22% uplift, and stayed, on average, 3.79 nights.
Germany came in as the third most productive international market. Some 67,768 Germans checked into Abu Dhabi - 8% 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. ■