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Abu Dhabi hotel guests top 1.7m, up 7.3%

Leading international source markets help drive increase for Abu Dhabi hotels during first four months of 2018

Abu Dhabi hotel guests top 1.7m, up 7.3%

The number of hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments increased by 7.3 percent in the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year.

A total of 1,724,967 people stayed in the emirate from January to April, figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) revealed.

During April, the numbers of visitors from leading international source market China increased by 9.6 percent to number 37,300, Indian guest figures increased by 15.9 percent to number 32,400 and the US increased by 16.2 percent to reach 15,900.

DCT Abu Dhabi said the figures mean Abu Dhabi’s aim of achieving another record-breaking year for hotel guests is still on target.

UAE-based guests into the emirate also increased across the first four months of the year, to number 489,081, a rise from 2017’s total of 488,881 for the same period.

All three regions registered hotel guest rises for the four months of the year, with Al Dhafra leading the way with a 11.7 percent rise, followed by Abu Dhabi city with 7.6 percent rise and Al Ain with a 3.2 percent rise.

China maintained its position as the leading international hotel guest supplier for Abu Dhabi, with more than 164,500 Chinese staying in the emirate – an increase of 25.8 percent compared to the same period in 2017. Indian visitors surged past 132,000 and showed a 26.8 percent increase, while the US market registered a 22.2 percent increase, the UK was up 13.7 percent and Germany was up 16.9 percent.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “Our hard work so far this year is reaping solid dividends, as these figures show. We are making good progress in attracting more people to explore our emirate, as we make sure awareness of our touristic and cultural proposition is communicated effectively and efficiently to our global markets.

"We aim to be seen as a ‘must visit’ destination, built on deep cultural heritage and unique Arabian experiences. We are pleased to be so far on track to beat 2017’s numbers, but we are well aware that challenges are ever present, as we bid to boost the Abu Dhabi economy and support our drive for economic diversification.”

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