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Abu Dhabi reports 28 percent H1 rise in hotel guests

Staff writer |
Abu Dhabi's hotels and hotel apartments have reported their best half year performance yet in terms of hotel guests, guest nights and revenues, with occupancy rebounding to 77%.

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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.

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