Abu Dhabi has reported a 16% rise in hotel guest performance for the first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2009.
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority director general His Excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi said: “We are now well above our targeted annual growth of 10% and have seen double-digit monthly growth since last November’s staging of Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.”
Figures released by ADTA put the number of guests staying in the emirate’s 116 hotels at 936,579 from January- June this year, with guest nights rising 11% on the first half of 2009, to stand at 2.47 million.
The domestic market accounted for 397,547 guests during the first half, a 20% rise on the same period in 2009, while the UK was the most productive overseas market, accounting for 60,994 guests, an 18% rise on the first half of 2009.
“Overall the international market grew by a healthy 13% which is highly encouraging as it is a reversal of last year’s scenario,” explained Al Muhairi.
Figures for the usually slow summer month of June also showed an increase on the same period in 2009, with a 17% rise in guests.
ADTA has targeted a 10% overall rise in hotel guests this year compared to 2009, to take arrivals to 1.65 million.