First six months of year record 7% increase in guests compared to 2016 – say TCA Abu Dhabi
The UAE capital recorded a 30% increase in the number of hotel guest arrivals this June, compared to the same month in 2016, boosted by the Eid Al Fitr period, which saw many premium hotels fully booked – according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA). In the first six months of 2017, the emirate welcomed more than 2.25 million guests to its 165 hotels and hotel apartments, an increase of 7% over the first half of last year.
Each of TCA Abu Dhabi’s six tier one markets recorded impressive performances with guests from Saudi Arabia more than doubling in June. China’s surge as the largest overseas source market has continued, posting a 78.5% month-on-month increase, with year-to-date guest arrivals up 55% to 185,000, thanks to TCA Abu Dhabi’s sustained promotional activities complemented by an expansion of air access.
According to the TCA Abu Dhabi, India and the United Kingdom maintain second and third spots, with YTD growth of 8% and 2% respectively, with the United States regaining ground after a period of stability, posting double-digit growth for the month, pushing YTD growth 5%.
Domestic tourism grew by 28%, with the 100,087 guests representing 32% of all hotel occupants for the month. HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of TCA Abu Dhabi said: “I am pleased say that we are on track to achieve our forecast guest arrivals growth for the year, and we are well placed to maximise these opportunities as we head into the second half of 2017.”