Abu Dhabi hotel revenue tops $137m in February

Room revenue rises 31% while food and beverage income up by 14% - latest figures
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 31 Mar 2013 06:35 PM

Abu Dhabi hotels saw total revenue rise seven percent to $137m for February compared to the same month last year,  according to new figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

Room revenue increased 31 percent to $76.9m while food and beverage returns rose 14 percent to $48.4m, the authority said in a statement.

Abu Dhabi's 141 hotels and hotel apartments generated double digit growth in guest nights, revenue, occupancy and average-length-of-stay last month with guest arrivals nudging up 7 percent on the same month last year.

Figures just released show 196,518 guests stayed in the emirate's hotels and hotel apartments last month delivering 676,445 guest nights - a 23 percent rise on February 2012.

"The fundamentals show that people are staying longer in the emirate which demonstrates that our message of there now being so much more to see and do thanks to expanded resort, attractions and business events offerings is resonating well," said Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general, TCA Abu Dhabi.

"Average-length-of-stay climbed 15 percent during the month-on-month comparison to stand at 3.44 nights."

Hotel occupancy during February climbed 12 percent to 78 percent with the average room rate rising by 7 percent to $150.

February's performance means that in the first two months of this year, Abu Dhabi is riding a 5 percent upturn in guest arrivals on year-to-date comparisons with 2012 with rises in all key performance indicators with the exception of the average room rate which has slipped by one percent.

During February, the UK reclaimed its place at the emirate's best performing international source market just ahead of India, after being displaced for the number one slot by the sub-continent republic in January.

Germany was the third most productive hotel guest market while there were sharp upward guest arrival spikes from China and Russia.

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