Abu Dhabi sees 4% increase in hotel guests for July 2017

Year-to-date hotel guest arrivals in Abu Dhabi climb to 2.6 million, which is a growth of 7% on the year

Abu Dhabi has seen a positive H1 2017.
Abu Dhabi has seen a positive H1 2017.

Abu Dhabi achieved a 4% uplift in hotel guests in July 2017, compared to July 2016, with almost 400,000 guests pushing the cumulative total for the first seven months of the year to over 2.6 million, maintaining a growth of 7% on the year, according to figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

The latest TCA Abu Dhabi report shows that 396,548 guests checked into the UAE capital's 164 hotels and hotel apartments in July delivering 928,502 guest nights.

Hotel revenues for the month were AED 327 million (US $89 million) from a total of almost 33,000 available rooms.

TCA Abu Dhabi director general HE Saif Saeed Ghobash said in a statement: "July’s growth in visitors from China, UK, and USA, and the month’s UAE visitor arrivals total of 138,000 is encouraging and compares favourably when adjusted to take into account the Eid A Fitr boost contained in the July 2016 figures. India and Saudi Arabia continue to perform well. Though there is still additional ground to cover, we have to consider the advances that are being made against the backdrop of a destination which has seen a 9% increase in hotel room inventory this year compared to last."

The July performance means that Abu Dhabi received 2,677,953 hotel guests in the first seven months of the year – a 7% rise on the same period in 2016 with the arrivals translated into 6.8 million guest nights from an average occupancy and length of stay of 69% and 2.54 nights respectively.

China continues as the leading international source market. For the year-to-date, 213,000 Chinese have stayed in Abu Dhabi’s hotels, representing a 59% increase. India is the emirate’s second largest overseas market with 192,000 Indians checking into Abu Dhabi from January to July, which is an increase of 7% year-on-year. Guests from the UK remain in third, with 136,000 Britons arriving, reflecting a 5.5% growth rate, with British guests continuing to be one of the longest stayers, staying on average, 3.7 nights.

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