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Abu Dhabi hotels welcome over 2.25 mn guests in H1 2017

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Recent statistics shared by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) stated that the emirate recorded a 30% increase in number of hotel guest arrivals this June, compared to the same month in 2016.

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 seven percent over first half of last year.

HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), said: “We are well placed to maximise opportunities as we head into the second half of 2017. The Abu Dhabi Summer Season is also now well underway and we expect the remaining series of theatre, music and entertainment shows along with significant promotions in our retail and hospitality sectors to have a positive effect on demand well into August.”

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 (YTD) guest arrivals up 55% to 185,000, thanks to TCA Abu Dhabi’s sustained promotional activities complemented by an expansion of air access.

India and the United Kingdom maintain second and third spots, with YTD growth of eight percent and two percent respectively, with the United States regaining ground after a period of stability, posting double-digit growth for the month, pushing YTD growth to five percent.

Domestic tourism grew by 28%, with the 100,087 guests representing 32% of all hotel occupants for the month. In 2016 Abu Dhabi saw a record 4.4 million hotel guest arrivals and is expected to attain or better this figure during the current year.