The number of guest arrivals for the first 10 months of 2017 increased to more than 3.9 million, up 8%
According to recent figures by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the capital accelerated its growth in hotel guests during October with 418,883 guests checking into the emirate’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments, a rise of 18% over the same month last year.
The number of guest arrivals for the first 10 months of 2017 increased to more than 3.9 million, up 8% percent, according to the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
The authority said the UAE capital remains on track to surpass last year’s record total of 4.4 million visitors, according to a report by Arabian Business.
Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “Our sustained efforts in improving the worldwide appeal of Abu Dhabi to tourists for both business and leisure is continuing to reap rewards, with the latest figures for guest arrivals supporting our endeavours. As we head towards the end of year, we expect that Abu Dhabi’s packed calendar of Q4 events will prove significant in boosting these numbers.”
According to the Oxford Business Group (OBG), in addition to receiving higher numbers of visitors from China and Russia, the emirate is also seeing growth in the number of hotel stays among visitors from some other key source markets, with 11% y-o-y growth recorded for U.S travellers, 9.8% for those from India and 7.8% for Saudi Arabians.
In November, Abu Dhabi's tourism sector saw the opening of the Louvre on Saadiyat Island, which is expected to draw 4.9 million visitors by the end of the year. OBG said the anticipated success of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in attracting high numbers of visitors could also provide impetus for another multibillion-dollar cultural project on the island – Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.