By Andy Sambidge
UAE capital reports best ever half-year performance for hotels and hotel apartments
Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments have reported their best ever half year performance in terms of hotel guests, guest nights and revenues, with occupancy rebounding to 77 percent.
Figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority show that from January to the end of June, 1,700,135 guests checked into the emirate’s accommodation – a 28 percent increase on the first half of 2013.
The arrivals delivered 5,147,392 guest nights, which was up 22 percent on the comparative period last year with occupancy climbing 8 percent year-on-year.
Hotel and room revenues both jumped 15 percent to AED3.089 billion ($841 million) and AED1.578 billion respectively.
The bullish half year performance was aided by a jump in year-on-year figures for June when guest arrivals rose 14 percent to 264,203, guest nights climbed 18 percent to 771,997, the average length-of-stay nudged up 4 percent to 2.92 nights and occupancy moved up 8 percent to 70 percent. Hotel revenues rose 16 percent to AED413 million.
"The occupancy increase should also be viewed alongside the fact that the number of hotels in the emirate in June this year stood at 154 with a total of 27,405 rooms against June 2013 when there were 145 hotels accounting for 25,270 rooms," said Jasem Al Darmaki, deputy director general, TCA Abu Dhabi.
He added: "There was considerable up-lift in arrivals during the month from within the UAE market, the GCC, China, Russia, India, France, Germany and the UK."
He said a number of factors have helped to deliver the half year and June results, including a highly competitive average room rate which now stands at AED348 – or just $95 – and increasing air access to the destination with new Etihad Airways services this year from Medina, Jaipur, Zurich and Los Angeles and the introduction of a non-stop service from Brisbane, Australia.
India continues to be the destination’s most productive source market. In the first six months of this year 107,995 Indians checked into Abu Dhabi’s hotels – a 35 percent increase on 2013.
The UK is the destination’s second largest overseas market, with 98,710 British guests checking into Abu Dhabi in the first half of the year – 26 percent more than last year.
Germany came in as the third most productive international market. Some 67,768 Germans checked into Abu Dhabi – 8 percent more than in the first half of 2013.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.