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More than 2 million tourists visit Abu Dhabi so far in 2018

Official figures reveal that Abu Dhabi hotels see 5% rise in tourists in first six months of 2018

More than 2 million tourists visit Abu Dhabi so far in 2018

More than 2 million people have visited the emirate so far in 2018, a 5 percent increase in half-yearly numbers compared to 2017.

Latest figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) also showed that the number of hotel guests staying in the emirate during June rose by 6 percent compared to the same month a year ago, with Saudi Arabian and US guests underpinning the uplift.

DCT Abu Dhabi said the figures showed that the emirate is on track to exceed 2017’s record-breaking numbers of guest arrivals, when close to five million people stayed in the UAE capital.

In total 339,592 visitors were guests of Abu Dhabi’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments during June, an increase of more than 19,000 over the previous year.

For the first six months of 2018, the figures show Abu Dhabi upping the total number of hotel guests to the emirate by 5% on the year, with 2,413,230 guests in total arriving.

Visitors from Saudi Arabia and the US provided the main drivers for June’s strong showing, with the holy month of Ramadan a factor in the almost 57 percent increase in arrivals from the Gulf kingdom.

The United States also posted double-digit growth for the month, with approximately 27 percent more guests arriving in June compared to last year.

Visitor numbers were robust for other key markets as well, with India taking top spot for June with more than 29,900 Indian guests arriving, up 3.7 percent on the year.

The UK also posted a 14.5 percent increase for the month.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “These numbers confirm a strong position at the halfway stage of 2018 and that the Department’s strategies and hard work are steadily paying off. June’s figures are for certain a reflection of visitors inspired by all Abu Dhabi offered during the holy month, but we are also confident other attractions played a part.

“For the year-to-date position, we are showing just over 5 per cent growth, indicating that we are on track to achieve our targets of consecutive record-breaking years. We will continue to focus hard on our key markets for the second half of the year.”

Sultan Al Dhaheri, executive director of the Tourism Sector for DCT Abu Dhabi, added: “We are delighted to see hotel guest numbers and occupancy rates in positive territory for all three of Abu Dhabi’s distinct regions. As pleasing as it is to see visitors from both Saudi Arabia and the US arriving in such numbers, we will continue to strongly focus on all of our key markets for the second half of the year.”

The second half of the year is traditionally a strong period for attracting tourists, with marquee events such as the Etihad Airways Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi Art, and Abu Dhabi Food Festival taking place.

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