Nearly 2m guest arrivals drive hotel occupancy in Abu Dhabi

Nearly 2m guest arrivals drive hotel occupancy in Abu DhabiImage Credit: Supplied

Abu Dhabi's hotels and hotel apartments have reported their best half year performance in terms of hotel guests, guest nights and revenues, with occupancy also rebounding to reach 77percent.

Figures just released by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) showed more than 1.7 million guests checking into hotels and hotel apartments in the emirate from January to June, a 28 per cent increase on the first half of last year. The arrivals delivered nearly 5.15 million guest nights, which was up 22 per cent on the comparative period last year.

Occupancy climbed 8 per cent year-on-year. Hotel and room revenues jumped 15 per cent to Dh3.08 billion and Dh1.57 billion respectively.

The bullish half-year performance was aided by a year-on-year uplift in June, when guest arrivals rose 14 per cent to 264,203, guest nights climbed 18 per cent to 711,997, the average length of-stay nudged up 4 per cent to 2.92 nights and occupancy moved up 8 per cent to 70 per cent. Hotel revenues rose 16 per cent to Dh413 million.

''The occupancy increase should also be viewed alongside the fact that the number of hotels in the emirate in June stood at 154, with a total of 27,405 rooms against June last year when there were 145 hotels accounting for 25,270 rooms,'' said Jasem Al Darmaki, Deputy Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi. ''There was considerable arrivals uplift during the month from within the UAE market, the GCC, China, Russia, India, France, Germany and the UK.''

TCA says a number of factors have been at play in delivering the strong results, including a highly competitive average room rate, which now stands at Dh348 and increasing air access with new Etihad Airways services this year from Medina, Jaipur, Zurich and Los Angeles and the introduction of a non-stop service from Brisbane.

''Even more is promised with the Etihad network having expanded in July to include flights from Rome and Perth, and Dallas, Texas due on line in December,'' said Al Darmaki.

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Source: Property Weekly


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