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Abu Dhabi hotel guests up 18% in October

Tourism chiefs say UAE capital is on track to surpass last year's record total of 4.4 million visitors

Abu Dhabi hotel guests up 18% in October

Abu Dhabi accelerated its growth in hotel guest arrivals during October with 418,883 guests checking into the emirate’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments, a rise of 18 percent over the same month last year.

The cumulative number of guest arrivals for the first 10 months of 2017 increased to reach more than 3.9 million, up 8 percent, according to latest figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

The authority said the UAE capital remains on track to surpass last year’s record total of 4.4 million visitors.

October’s double-digit percentage growth in visitors from China (88 percent), amounting to 32,000, was underpinned by the lifting of visa restrictions at the beginning of the year. 

The United States also posted significant double-digit growth (80 percent) to reach 18,000 while the UK and India also rose by 26 percent and 22 percent respectively.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “Our sustained efforts in improving the worldwide appeal of Abu Dhabi to tourists for both business and leisure is continuing to reap rewards, with the latest figures for guest arrivals supporting our endeavours.

“As we head towards the end of year, we expect that Abu Dhabi’s packed calendar of Q4 events will prove significant in boosting these numbers.”

The month’s UAE guest arrivals total of 113,000 was also an increase on the corresponding month last year, representing a rise of almost 6 percent.

Ghobash added: “We do face challenges, in particular our average length of stay, which we want to increase by providing a greater choice of things to see, do and experience to encourage our guests to stay longer and visit more of the emirate. We have identified an appetite and need for additional leisure and entertainment events and are working closely with the private sector on partnerships to improve our choices throughout the year."

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