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Chinese, Indian visitors boost Abu Dhabi's tourism numbers

New figures reveal nearly 416,000 tourists check into UAE capital's hotels during September

Chinese, Indian visitors boost Abu Dhabi's tourism numbers

Hotel guests to all three regions of Abu Dhabi increased in total by 5 percent in September, compared to the same month last year, with 415,985 domestic and international visitors checking in to the emirate’s 163 hotels or hotel apartments.

Figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi recorded increases for hotel guests during the month of 14 percent in the Al Dhafra Region, 8 percent in the Al Ain Region and 4 percent in Abu Dhabi city, with a total occupancy rate of 69 percent.

Guest nights also increased by 15 percent, 6 percent and 5 percent respectively.

September’s rise has maintained the emirate’s 7 percent increase over the year so far in the numbers of hotel guests staying in the emirate and leave it on track to surpass 2016’s total of 4.4 million guests.

While September saw a slight drop in domestic tourists into Abu Dhabi, the month was marked by a surge in Chinese hotel guests, up by 133 percent.

India remained the largest international source market, with more than 33,000 hotel guests during the month, while the UK was third behind China, showing a 5 percent rise.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, director-general, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, said: "Globally, we have invested heavily in marketing Abu Dhabi as a destination of distinction, the perfect place to visit and explore, with an emphasis on an emirate steeped in history, culture and heritage.

"China is showing outstanding growth for us and we have a long-term target of bringing 600,000 Chinese hotel guests a year to the emirate by 2021."

September also witnessed growth in hotel guests from the United States, a rise of 30 percent compared to 2016, and from Germany, where there was a 20 percent increase.

The figures come ahead of the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island on November 11, with tourist chiefs forecasting a strong end to the year.

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