DCT Abu Dhabi: Emirate exceeds 1.3 million hotel guests in Q3

DCT Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has released figures showing that the number of hotel guests staying in the emirate during the Q3 of 2019 exceeded 1.3 million – a total increase of 1.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2018.

Meanwhile, year-to-date in 2019 posted nearly 3.8 million hotel guests, a 2.9 per cent increase on 2018.

The latest report from DCT Abu Dhabi also shows that total Hotel Revenues for Q3 were up to $299.5 million, a rise of 1.7 per cent from the previous year; Hotel Occupancy was up four per cent to 69 per cent; while Average Length of Stay (ALOS) was up 5.6 per cent to 2.5 nights.

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These figures were spearheaded by impressive visitor number statistics from key markets, with hotel guest metrics from India, the UK, Oman and Saudi Arabia all showing solid increases for the July to September period. Indian guests increased by 8.1 per cent, UK guests by 5.3 per cent, and guests from Oman (18.6 per cent) and Saudi Arabia (2.1 per cent) also increased during this quarter.

“These third quarter results reflect the coordinated efforts of DCT Abu Dhabi, along with its tourism stakeholders and partners, into delivering a compelling and attractive leisure and business destination – as well as a world-class events venue – to the international traveller,” said undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash. “The results are especially impressive as summer is traditionally a quieter time in the region’s tourism industry, and the numbers have been underpinned by some truly exceptional events which have served to elevate Abu Dhabi’s global standing and reputation.”

Ghobash concluded that with exciting events and activations planned for the rest of 2019, including the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi Art, ADIPEC 2019 and the New Year’s Eve performance of global superstar Bruno Mars, DCT Abu Dhabi is confident that the emirate will see another definitive year in terms of visitor numbers.