Abu Dhabi hosts 1.7m hotel guests from January-April 2018

Data has revealed that the UAE capital saw a 7.3% growth in hotel guests in the first four months of 2018 compared to the same period last year

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Data has revealed that Abu Dhabi recorded a 7.3% growth in hotel guests staying in the UAE capital in the first four months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.

The number of hotel guests staying in the emirate’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments increased to 1,724,967, figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) revealed.

From January until April, China maintained its position as the leading international hotel guest supplier for Abu Dhabi, with more than 164,500 Chinese staying in the emirate – an increase of 25.8% compared to the same period in 2017. Indian visitors have surged past 132,000 and showed a 26.8% increase, but still maintain second place for overseas guest arrivals. The US market registered a 22.2% increase, the UK up 13.7% and Germany are up 16.9%.

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UAE-based guests into the emirate also increased across the first four months of the year, to 489,081, a rise from 2017’s total of 488,881 for the same period.

All three regions registered hotel guest rises for the four months of the year, with Al Dhafra leading the way with a 11.7% rise, followed by Abu Dhabi city with 7.6% rise and Al Ain with a 3.2% rise.

During April alone, the numbers of visitors from China increased by 9.6% to 37,300, Indian guest figures increased by 15.9% to 32,400, and US visitors increased by 16.2% to reach 15,900.

Last year, just below five million visitors stayed in Abu Dhabi city, Al Al Ain Region and the Al Dhafra Region’s range of accommodation and 2018’s figures so far put the emirate on track to surpass this figure.

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