By Andy Sambidge
Occupancy rate up 12% whle total revenue jumps 18% as guest numbers increase by a fifth
Hotels in Abu Dhabi have posted their best ever results for April, according to figures released by the emirate's Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
During the month, some 236,704 guests checked into Abu Dhabi accommodation - a 20 percent rise on April last year - with guest nights jumping by almost a third to 738,797.
"One of the most encouraging results is the progress we are making, with our partners, in expanding the average-length-of-stay of Abu Dhabi's hotel guests and this will remain one of our key deliverables throughout the coming months," said Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general, TCA Abu Dhabi.
The average-length-of-stay of hotel guests during April was 3.12 nights, a growth of 8 percent on the same month last year.
During April, Abu Dhabi's occupancy rate climbed 12 percent, while total revenue rose 18 percent to $127.6m.
Room revenue was up 21 percent to $64.8m while F&B income increased 16 percent to $50m.
During April there was a slight dip of 6 percent in the average room rate which stood at $123.3, the figures also showed.
April continued a month-on-month upward trend in guests, guest nights and average-length-of-stay for Abu Dhabi which is this year targeting an annual hotel guest performance of 2.5 million.
Performance for the first four months of this year shows 10 percent growth in hotel guests to 868,121, a 25 percent uplift in guest nights to 2.9 million, a 13 percent rise in average length-of-stay to 3.29 nights, a 9 percent increase in occupancy to 73 percent and a 16 percent surge in total revenue to $517.4m while average room rates dipped to $130.70.
The UK remained the emirate's largest overseas source market for hotel guests with 54,050 Britons staying in Abu Dhabi's hotels in the first four months - a 10 percent rise on the same period last year.
India was the second largest overseas market for hotel guests. A total of 50,057 Indians checked into Abu Dhabi's hotels from January to April this year - an 18 percent rise on the same period last year.
"India has been performing particularly well and we anticipate further growth from this market with Etihad Airways' recent equity purchase in Jet Airways opening up additional Indian destinations to us and the launch of Jet Airways of a daily Kochi to Abu Dhabi flight," said Al Muhairi.
Russia turned in the biggest percentage growth over the four months with 10,101 Russian nationals staying in the emirate - a 66 percent increase on last year.