Abu Dhabi hotels see record number of guests during Q2

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi says hotel guest numbers reached 1.2 million for the April to June period
Abu Dhabi hotels see record number of guests during Q2
By Sam Bridge
Mon 05 Aug 2019 01:58 PM

Abu Dhabi’s hotels welcomed a record number of hotel guests during the second quarter of 2019, it has been announced.

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) said numbers reached 1.2 million for the April to June period, a 6.8 percent increase from the same period in 2018.

Figures also showed that total hotel revenues for the second quarter were up to AED1.2 billion, a rise of 3.7 percent from the previous year.

Year-to-date (YTD) metrics for 2019 also showed strong growth, with hotel guest numbers reaching 2.5 million, a rise of 3.5 percent from 2018, and hotel revenues of AED2.9 billion, a 10.6 percent rise.

Statistics also revealed double digit growth in other key indicators, including an increase in room revenues of 17.6 percent, revenue per available room (RevPAR) rising by 10.7 percent and average room rate (ARR) rising by 10.2 percent.

Visits to key attractions were up 50 percent in Q2, primarily due to a 62 percent increase in visitors to theme and leisure parks, in addition to a 21.5 percent growth at cultural and historical sites and a 22 percent increase at museums.

“These impressive results... are a result of the hard work and dedication of every stakeholder, entity and trade partner involved in Abu Dhabi’s tourism value chain, with DCT Abu Dhabi underpinning this drive for excellence with its implementation of a structured and diversified calendar of world-class events,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi.

“These results for the year have been underpinned by some truly exceptional results in June."

Q2 saw an increase in hotel guests from several key international markets, with guest numbers from Saudi Arabia up 23.6 percent, India (15.8 percent), while the UK and US also showed positive growth, he added.

“While summer is traditionally a quieter time in the region’s tourism industry, we are hopeful we can continue to increase our visitor figures this year with promotions like RAD Summer Season’s amazing discounts in malls, and Tastes of the Capital, which offers brilliant deals at restaurants in Abu Dhabi,” said Ghobash.

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