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All India, 30th July 2013 : Abu Dhabi has reported a 12% rise in the number of guests staying in its 145 hotels and hotel apartments for the first half of this year compared to the first six months of last year.

Figures just released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) also show that guests in the emirate are staying longer and that there have been significant increases in hotel occupancies and revenues.

During the first half of this year some 1,333,339 guests checked into Abu Dhabi accommodation delivering 4,226,604 guest nights – a rise of 25% on 2012. On average the guest stayed 3.17 nights – which is up 12% on last year, which translates into an occupancy rate of 71% – which is up 8% on 2012.

“We heading in the right direction and this heightened performance, despite significant increases in resort and hotel inventory, justifies our increased efforts in trade engagement and international marketing and promotion and the expanded product operators and investors have put into the destination,” said HE Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi.

“We anticipate the momentum building in the second half of the year which covers key happenings such as the Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi Art, the Al Ain Aerobatics Show, a number of headline concerts on Yas Island and major sporting events including the FIFA U-17 World Cup and the Wake Park World Champonship Finals.

“On the business events front we can look forward to  hosting the International Conference on Neurology and Epidemiology which is expected to be attended by upwards of 600 specialists in these fields and Abu Dhabi’s hosting, this December, of the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum.”

Year-to-date hotel revenues rose 16% to AED 2.7 billion (US $734 million) despite a slight fall-off of 3% in average room rate to AED 447 (US $122). Food & beverage income continued to hold its own climbing 15% to AED 1 billion (US $287.5 million).

Abu Dhabi’s strong performance was aided by a bumper June when guest arrivals rose 13%, guest nights increased 22%, revenues shot up by 13%, people stayed longer and occupancy increased by 6% to 65%.

“We seem to be going someway to breaking the cycle of major business dips in summer,” explained Al Muhairi. “And what’s really encouraging is that guests are staying longer – which suggests our campaign to convince people that there’s now much more to do and see in Abu Dhabi, is taking hold. We’ve broken through the three nights stay mark.”

While domestic tourism continued to be the destination’s largest single catchment, India snatched the top slot as the emirate’s largest overseas source market toppling the UK into second place.

Some 80,179 Indian nationals stayed in Abu Dhabi’s hotels from January until the end of June a 22% rise on last year. They accounted for 334,238 guest nights –which is up 43% on 2012 and stayed an average of 4.17 nights – an increase of 17%.

We are benefitting from increased destination awareness in India following the opening a year ago of a dedicated promotions office there and also of increased air access from the country following Etihad Airways’ equity stake in Jet Airways and the move by the Indian carrier of its Middle East hub to Abu Dhabi,” explained Al Muhairi.

During the first six months 78,053 Britons stayed in the emirate’s hotels – a 9% increase on last year. They delivered 362,690 room nights, which was up 21% and stayed for an average of 4.65 nights – 11% more than last year.

Germany came in as the third largest overseas market with 62,488 of its nationals staying – 27% up on last year. Germans accounted for 296,624 guest nights, which is a rise of 37% on 2012 and they stayed, on average, 4.75 nights – which is 8% up on last year.

Russians are proving to be Abu Dhabi’s longest stayers checking in for an average of just over six nights – a six per cent increase on 2012. And more Russians are coming to the destination than ever before with 13,094 checking in during the first six months – a 46% increase on 2012 – and accounting for 79,750 guest nights, which is 54% up on last year.

About Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

For more information please contact:

PR and Brand Executive
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority
New Delhi Office
Tel: +91 11 23737348, +91 9910256797 Fax: +91 11 23350270
Email: mailto:india@tcaabudhabi.ae