January proved to be a successful month for Abu Dhabi, with the emirate having welcomed 7.4 per cent more hotel guests during the month in comparison to the corresponding period last year.
A total of 437,228 hotel guests stayed in the UAE capital’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments, up more than 30,000 on 2017’s figures, according to the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
All three of the city’s regions welcomed a jump in hotel guests; Abu Dhabi was up 6.3 per cent, followed by Al Ain, which was up seven per cent, and the Al Dhafra Region, which was up an impressive 17.3 per cent.
A number of countries contributed to double-digit year-on-year growth during the month, including China (+10.7 per cent), India (+31.5 per cent), the UK (+19.1 per cent), Saudi Arabia (+15.4 per cent) and the US (+36.1 per cent).
Director general, DCT Abu Dhabi, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash commented on the results: “We are building on last year’s success and have seen an impressive start to this year, recording more than seven per cent year-on-year growth. Our tier one markets China, India, UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the US are performing particularly well, with all of them recording more than 10 per cent growth in January.
“We continue to invest heavily in promoting the emirate abroad across our source markets, with our strategy paying dividends in attracting more hotel guests than ever before. We are targeting more guests by the end of the year and with our expanding portfolio of attractions across the emirate, including Louvre Abu Dhabi and the soon to be opened Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park, we are confident of reaching this number and continue on towards our target of 8.5 million visitors by 2021,” Ghobash concluded.