Abu Dhabi hotels welcome 7% more tourists

01 de novembro de 2017

Abu Dhabi – The hotels of the three regions of the emirate of Abu Dhabi welcomed over 3.5 million guests from January to September of this year, an increase of 7% over the first nine months of last year, according to information published by the Emirates News Agency (WAM) this Wednesday (1).

The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority expects to easily surpass the number of 4.4 million guests of last year, especially because there are events with major tourism appeal scheduled for the last quarter, such as the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of Formula One, both in November, and arts, cuisine and music festivals.

In September, the emirate’s 163 hotels welcomed 415,985 local and international guests, an increase of 5% over the same month of 2016. According to WAM, the occupancy rate in the emirate’s three regions – Al Dhafra, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi City – reached 69% in the month.

The news agency of the United Arab Emirates points out the increase in the number of visits by Chinese tourists, 133% higher in September over the same month of last year. Marketing campaigns to promote Abu Dhabi in the Asian country have yielded good results, since over 28,000 Chinese tourists checked into the emirate’s hotels in the month.

“China is showing outstanding growth for us and we have a long-term target of bringing 600,000 Chinese hotel guests a year to the emirate by 2021,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, director-general of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, to the news agency.

Nevertheless, Indians remain as the leaders in tourism in Abu Dhabi, with 33,000 visitors to the hotels in the month. Trailing second-place China comes the United Kingdom. WAM highlighted the growing numbers of two countries in the month: the United States, with an increase of 30% in comparison to September 2016, and Germany, with an increase of 20%.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani