Abu Dhabi surpasses record for number of hotel guests in Q2 2019

DCT Abu Dhabi

A recent report published by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) revealed that the emirate’s hotels posted remarkable year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2019, with hotel guest numbers reaching a record 1.2 million for the April-June period.

The results for Q2 indicate a 6.8 per cent increase from the same period in 2018, with total hotel revenues for the period reaching $326.7 million, a rise of 3.7 per cent from the previous year.

Year-to-Date (YTD) metrics for 2019 also show strong improvement, with hotel guest numbers reaching 2.5 million, a rise of 3.5 per cent from 2018, and hotel revenues of $789.6 million – a remarkable 10.6 per cent rise. For 2019 so far, the statistics also show double digit growth in other key indicators, including an increase in Room Revenues of 17.6 per cent; Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) rising by 10.7 per cent; and Average Room Rate (ARR) rising by 10.2 per cent.

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The figures also show that the emirate’s key attractions have had a successful year, attracting the highest number of sightseers and thrill-seekers than ever before. Visits to key attractions were up 50 per cent in the Q2 of 2019, primarily due to a 62 per cent increase in visitors to theme and leisure parks, in addition to a 21.5 per cent growth at cultural and historical sites and a 22 per cent increase at museums.

“These impressive results, both in the second quarter and the year as a whole, 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 undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash.

He continued: “Aside from our promotional campaigns that highlight what makes Abu Dhabi such a unique and extraordinary destination, we can also point to the events and deals we have implemented for the summer months, the exciting programme of city-wide activities over the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, and the stopover promotions we are offering alongside our airline partners, as factors that have contributed to a record-breaking year so far in terms of hotel guest numbers.”

During Q2, the emirate witnessed an impressive increase in hotel guests from several key international markets, with guest numbers from Saudi Arabia up 23.6 per cent, India rising by 15.8 per cent and other key markets such as the UK and USA also showing positive growth.

Statistics also showed that hotels in Al Dhafra Region performed particularly well in the second quarter, seeing a 10.3 per cent increase in guest numbers, an 18.7 per cent increase in RevPAR and a 12.3 per cent increase in ARR. Additionally guest numbers in Al Ain were up 9.9 per cent and 6.4 per cent in Abu Dhabi.

Saadiyat Island’s hotels have performed exceptionally well this year. Guest numbers rose an astounding 83.5 per cent, occupancy rates were up 26.1 per cent, revenues by 73.4 per cent and RevPAR by 30.9 per cent in Q2. In the YTD, guest numbers were up by 105 per cent and revenues by 71.3 per cent. During this time, visitors from Russia were up 242.8 per cent, the UK by 144.5 per cent and Kazakhstan an incredible 1,595 per cent.

HE Ghobash concluded: “We are also gearing up for an activity-packed second half of the year, so we are confident that standout events like the UFC 242 mixed martial arts championship and the accompanying Abu Dhabi Showdown Week, the return of the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and other world-class leisure, cultural and business events will continue to drive the growth of our tourism footprint and lead to even more visitors choosing to stay in Abu Dhabi hotels.”