By Daniel Shane
Hotels in UAE capital boosted by rising number of African guests in first three months of 2013
The number of hotel guest nights in Abu Dhabi rose by 22.8 percent to 2.1m during the first quarter of 2013, according to official figures.
Data from Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD) showed that the total number of hotel guests increased by 6.1 percent year-on-year to 631,400 during the same period, while occupancy rate and average length of stay were also up by 8 percent and 15.7 percent, respectively.
The largest increase in visitors was from sub-Saharan African countries, which were up 24.3 percent, followed by guests from non-Arab Asian nations, which increased by 19 percent. However, the number of guests from the UAE and other GCC countries pared by 4.8 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.
According to the SC-AD data, guests of five-star hotels accounted for 36.8 percent of total stays during the quarter, followed by four-star hotels at 28.6 percent, and three-stars or less at 20.2 percent. Guests of hotel apartments made up 14.5 percent of all stays.
The statistics showed that 49.4 percent of all guests from Europe stayed in five-star properties, compared to just 22.2 percent of visitors from other Arab countries.
The total revenues for all hotels in the emirate rose to AED1.4bn during the quarter, up 15.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago.