Abu Dhabi sees more than 1.2m guests in Q1 2018

The UAE capital has recorded double-digit growth in hotel guests staying in the emirate during March 2018



The number of hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments in March reached 464,960, representing an increase of 12.3% compared to the same month last year, according to figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

That meant that the total number of hotel guests in the first three months of the year was 1,289,537, a year-on-year increase of 10.9%.

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During the month, the numbers of visitors from leading international source market China increased by 15.4% to number 40,800, Indian guests increased by 32% to number 35,200 and the UK increased by 24% to reach 28,000. Other key markets, the United States and Germany, also registered double-digit increases with the US up 29% to 19,300 and Germany rising 36% to 18,800 guests.

The figures follow 2017's numbers when just shy of five million visitors stayed in Abu Dhabi city, Al Al Ain Region and Al Dhafra’s range of accommodation.

UAE-based guests also increased in March to number 134,631, a rise from March 2017’s total of 130,125.

All three regions registered hotel guest rises with Al Dhafra leading the way with a 22.7% rise, followed by Abu Dhabi city with 12.8% rise and Al Ain with a 5.3% rise.

The first quarter of this year has seen China maintain its top position, with more than 127,000 Chinese staying in the emirate – an increase of 31% compared to the same period in 2017. Indian visitors have surged past 100,000 and showed a 30% increase while the UK registered a 25% increase, the US up 24% and Germany up 27%.

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