Abu Dhabi tourist numbers rise 4.9% in first five months of 2018

Official figures reveal that China was the emirate's biggest source market between January and May

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 8, 2018

The number of hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi increased by 4.9 percent during the first five months of 2018 compared to the same period last year, according to the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

Official figures revealed that the emirate's 162 hotels, resorts and hotel apartments offering 31,236 rooms across the emirate welcomed 2,073,586 guests during January to May.

Occupancy rate averaged 75 percent during the same period, up 1.4 percent, while the average length of stay was 2.7 nights, an increase of 2.4 percent.

China topped the number of visitors, recording 192,500 visitors, an increase of 19.9 percent, DCT Abu Dhabi said, adding that India came in second with 166,700 guests, followed by the UK, the United States and Germany.

Domestic tourism rose by 7.9 percent during the first five months of 2018 with 1,489,154 hotel guests received, compared to 1,371,327 during the same period in 2017.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “These results are very encouraging, and demonstrate steady growth. They also prove Abu Dhabi’s ability to realise its strategic goals of positioning the emirate as a leading global destination, through forward-looking marketing and promotional campaigns that seek to sustain growth.

“We continue to promote awareness of Abu Dhabi's tourism and leisure attractions and authentic cultural heritage, as well as its highly-developed business and convention infrastructure.”

He added: “We expect to see significant momentum across the tourism sector in the forthcoming months with Abu Dhabi Summer season having begun in June, the opening of new leisure establishments and resorts such as Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island from July 25, and Jumeirah’s luxurious Saadiyat Island Resort in November.'

The performance boost follows the Executive Committee’s approval of DCT Abu Dhabi’s proposal to cut tourism and municipal fees, implementing a reduction from 6 percent to 3.5 percent for tourism fees.

“This decision encourages investments across Abu Dhabi’s tourism and hospitality sector and enhances its competitiveness by bettering the economic value we offer our visitors for our quality services and attractions,” Ghobash added.

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