Industry expert predicts boost in Abu Dhabi mid-market resorts

Colliers International believes leisure tourism would be boosted in the UAE capital through its mid-market space.

Leisure, Tourism, Abu dhabi, United arab emirates, Middle east, Mid-market hotels, Hotels

Colliers International believes there is “potential for growth” in Abu Dhabi’s mid-market resorts through leisure tourism efforts.

Speaking exclusively to Hotelier Middle East, Colliers International’s head of hotels for the MENA region, Christopher Lund, said leisure tourism would be boosted in the UAE capital through its mid-market.

“The Abu Dhabi hotel market has come under pressure in recent years off the back of lower oil prices, which has effected the corporate market especially,” said Lund. However, there has been renewed efforts to boost leisure tourism in particular, which has been helped with the opening of new demand generators such as the Louvre Museum and Warner Bros Theme Park.

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“Going forward, we see potential growth in the mid-market space, especially for mid-market resorts which are relatively under developed in the city.”

Latest figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi revealed that the emirate registered a 16% growth in hotel revenues in Q1 2019.

Other performance indicators too saw a growth. While the average room revenue increased by 15%, occupancy rates shot up by 79% and RevPAR increased by 24.5%. Officials also revealed that F&B revenues too increased by 10.4%.

Officials attributed this growth to several events including Warner Bros, among many others.

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