Abu Dhabi hotel guests increase by 1.7% in Q3 2019

Published: 17 November 2019 - 6 a.m.
By: Josh Corder

The number of hotel guests in UAE capital exceeded 1.3 million in Q3 2019, marking an increase of 1.7% compared to Q3 2018.

As a whole, 2019 has seen close to 3.8 million hotel guests, a 2.9% increase over 2018, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

Figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT), Abu Dhabi, showed the growth of the emirate’s hotel industry over the year.

Total hotel revenues for Q3 were up by 1.7% also, now standing at AED 1.1 billion (US$299.5 million). Hotel occupancy also jumped 4% to 69% this year and average length of stay grew by 5.6%, equating to 2.5 nights.

Hotel revenues for the year grew by 8.1% compared to 2018 to a total of AED 4 billion ($1.08 billion). Abu Dhabi also leads regionally with double digit growth in room revenues at 14.3%. This is driven by an increase in revenue per available room by 8.5%, average room rate by 6.8% and average length of stay by 2%.

Breaking down by country, metrics showed strong increases in hotel guests for India, UK, Oman and Saudi Arabia. During the July to September period, Indian guests increased by 8.1%, UK by 5.3%, Oman by 18.6% and Saudi by 2.1%.

Looking at specific locations in the emirate, Saadiyat Island saw a 71.3% increase in hotel guests in Q3 2019. 43,976 guests increased the average length of stay by 13.4% to 3.5 nights. Total revenue increased by 48.7% and occupancy rates jumped 20.5.

The growth in Abu Dhabi’s hotel sector has been attributed to the “several world-class events and activations”. Events such as Khabib vs. Poirier are said to have significantly helped the emirate.

"These 3rd 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 Saif Saeed Ghobash, undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi.

"These Q3 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," he said.

"The July to September period featured the launch of top-tier events, with Abu Dhabi Showdown Week – featuring UFC 242 – and Abu Dhabi Family Week the two stand-out propositions. Every single UFC 242 ticket made available to the public was sold, of which 40% were purchased by the international market," Ghobash revealed.

"These Q3 results also give us confidence that once again we will see a record-breaking 12 months for Abu Dhabi in terms of guest arrivals. Forecasts suggest the emirate will breach 5.1 million guests by the end of the year, which would represent a healthy 2% increase over 2018," the official explained.

"We are also seeing metrics that suggest occupied room numbers will exceed 8.6 million for the year, which would represent a 5.6% increase over 2018.”

"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, we are confident that we will indeed see another definitive year in terms of visitation to the UAE capital," Ghobash concluded.

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