Record guest totals for Abu Dhabi hotels

Hotel News - 29/10/2012

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New figures have revealed that hotels in Abu Dhabi saw a record number of guests for the first three quarters of 2012.

The news comes via the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), officials which said in a report released on Monday that more than 1.74 million guests checked into the city’s hotels over the nine-month period, marking an increase of some 15 per cent from the same time frame in 2011.

Boosting the figure was an exceptional September, in which some 189,442 travellers stayed in Abu Dhabi properties – a full 16 per cent rise from September in the year prior.

TCA Abu Dhabi director general Mubarak Al Muhairi said in a statement that his organisation was on pace to meet its full-year target of 2.3 million guests. He noted they were particularly confident thanks to a number of high-profile events slated for the remainder of the year, notably the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Art.

Despite the encouraging report, the average length of stay in the city was down by 4 per cent through the first three quarters, although officials said September managed to climb 2.99 nights.

Visitors from India continue to be the city’s fastest growing market segment, with the total increasing to more than 98,000 for the year through September, marking an impressive year-on-year increase of 31 per cent.

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