Emi­rate records a 17% in­crease for H1...

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Re­cent sta­tis­tics is­sued by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cul­ture Au­thor­ity (TCA Abu Dhabi) re­vealed that guest ar­rivals into Abu Dhabi in first six months num­bered more than 1.98 mil­lion, a rise of 17% on the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod in 2014. These guests gen­er­ated 5,728,765 guest nights in the emi­rate’s 163 ho­tel and ho­tel apart­ments, an in­crease of 11% on the previous year.

This re­sulted in to­tal rev­enue for ho­tel es­tab­lish­ments record­ing an eight per­cent in­crease to AED 3.346 bn (US$ 911 m), room rev­enue in­creased by 11%, food and bev­er­age rev­enue in­creased by one per­cent, while other rev­enues - which in­cludes ser­vices such as venue hire and busi­ness events - rose 22% to AED 402 m (US$ 110 m).

The month of June showed an in­crease of two per­cent in ho­tel guests when com­pared to June 2014, with the 268,335 ho­tel guest ar­rivals gen­er­at­ing a leap in guest nights of 13% to 870,304.

“We set our­selves a chal­leng­ing guest ar­rivals tar­get of 3.9 m ho­tel guests for this year, which we are very con­fi­dent of achiev­ing,” said Jasem Al Dar­maki, act­ing di­rec­tor gen­eral, TCA Abu Dhabi.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to ac­tively im­prove the av­er­age length of stay of our guests which has fallen by five per­cent over 2014. We have a se­ries of events com­ing up to lure guests to spend more time here.

We an­tic­i­pate that tra­di­tion­ally strong sec­ond year half per­for­mance will pull av­er­age length of stay back up closer to three nights,” added Al Dar­maki.

Do­mes­tic tourism from within UAE which ac­counts for a third of all guest ar­rivals has shown year-on-year growth of 14%, with per­for­mance from the Western Re­gion’s 10 hotels record­ing a 48% year-on-year in­crease and a rise of 103% in its June ar­rivals.

In­dia has re­gained its spot as Abu Dhabi’s largest in­ter­na­tional source mar­ket see­ing 127,312 In­di­ans ar­riv­ing into the emi­rate – an in­crease of 18%, spend­ing an av­er­age 3.71 nights each, well above the over­all av­er­age of 2.89 nights. In­dia is closely fol­lowed by the UK, China, Ger­many and United States as largest over­seas mar­kets, with the Philip­pines pro­vid­ing 63,855 guest ar­rivals, record­ing a 24% rise. Other coun­ties in the top ten in­clude Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, Jor­dan and Pak­istan.

Chi­nese guest num­bers rose 72% year-on-year with 102,217 guest ar­rivals de­liv­er­ing 148,842 guest nights, although their length of stay dropped by 18% to 1.46 nights.

Rus­sian guests showed largest drop, by 10%, to 14,453 guest ar­rivals, at­trib­ut­able to dif­fi­cult eco­nomic con­di­tions.

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