According to the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the emirate welcomed a record-breaking total of 11.35 million international visitors in 2019.
This number includes 2.83 million overnight and 8.53 million same day visitors and is a 10.5 per cent increase over 2018.
The final figures include official international hotel guests, as well as estimates for overnight visitors from overseas staying with friends or relatives and an estimate for the number of same-day international visitors.
DCT Abu Dhabi’s official 2019 hotel figures also demonstrated that Abu Dhabi’s 168 hotels and hotel apartments posted the highest number of guests to date (5.1 million), with robust growth across key revenue metrics including Total Revenues, Average Room Rate (ARR) and Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR).
The hotel guest numbers represented an increase of 2.1 per cent over the previous year, whilst hotel occupancy was up 1.6 per cent (to a rate of 73 per cent), Average Length of Stay (ALOS) for 2019 was up 1.8 per cent (to 2.6 nights) and Total Revenues were up an impressive 6.6 per cent.
India, China, the UK and the USA remained the top four non-UAE source markets for hotel guests, with Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and Bahrain the fastest growing markets between 2017 and 2019. The Indian market performed especially well, with an 8.2 per cent increase over 2018 – with more than 450,000 hotel guests arriving – and the USA posting a 5.1 per cent increase over the same time period.
Speaking on the results was acting undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, Saood Al Hosani: “These 2019 results reflect the hard work and dedication that DCT Abu Dhabi, its tourism stakeholders and its partners have put into offering a ‘must-see, must-visit’ leisure and business destination to not only the international visitor but to domestic guests also.
“The outstanding results were underpinned by some world-class, exceptional events presented in the UAE capital across 2019, including the inaugural Abu Dhabi Showdown Week – which included the massively popular UFC 242 event – Abu Dhabi Family Week – which included the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards – and Summer In Abu Dhabi events as well as the Eid Al Adha celebrations. These events helped elevate Abu Dhabi’s global standing and reputation and contributed massively to our guest metrics, resulting once more in a record-breaking year in terms of visitation to the UAE capital,” he concluded.