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Abu Dhabi sees increase in tourist numbers

Abu Dhabi sees increase in tourist numbers
30 Apr 2014

A new report has confirmed that the travel and tourism industry is on the up in Abu Dhabi, which has invested huge sums in making itself a more appealing destination in recent years.

Figures shows that the emirate's 152 hotels and hotel apartments have enjoyed their best quarter ever in terms of guest numbers, guest nights and revenue.

The news, confirmed by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, also revealed that in the three months at the start of this year, as many as 834,771 guests checked into the emirate’s accommodation.

This represents an increase of 32 per cent on 12 months earlier. Guest nights, meanwhile, climbed 22 per cent year-on-year to almost 2.6 million. What's more, occupancy averaged 79 per cent, up eight per cent.

“This all makes for excellent reading particularly when judged against the fact that the emirate’s accommodation inventory has grown significantly over the past year with a ten per cent increase in room availability,” HE Jasem Al Darmaki, deputy director general, TCA Abu Dhabi, commented.

“Q1 is characterised as a particularly busy period for major events in Abu Dhabi both from the leisure and business perspective while increasing air access is bringing new markets within our reach.”

The growing popularity of Abu Dhabi as a destination is evidenced by the fact that a further 11 hotels have opened in since Q1 of 2013.

Added to this, its room stock now stands at 26,811, up from 24,416 this time last year.

“We are focussing heavily on promoting the emirate’s expanding tourism portfolio in a bid to increase the average length of stay, which is now just over three nights," he explained.

Abu Dhabi always sees a tourism spike when it hosts the annual F1 race in the emirate - and this has led to greater awareness of its other attractions.ADNFCR-408-ID-801716971-ADNFCR

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