Abu Dhabi in the UAE has witnessed an increase in hotel occupancy in the third quarter as tourism sector registers growth in activity.
The revenue of the hotel sector in the emirate grew by 46% in the third three-month period of the year compared to the second quarter.
The guest numbers also increased by up to 95% in the same period, local news websites reported citing a Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) statement.
DCT Abu Dhabi acting undersecretary Saood Al Hosani was quoted by the news reports as saying: “Despite the profound disruptions caused by restrictions to public mobility, the positive indicators we have seen in the third quarter of this year are a testament to the agility and adaptability of Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry in response to the evolving market landscape.”
The statement also reported an increase in flight bookings and mall footfall, further indicating a gradual recovery in tourism sector.
The tourism sector was one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with several governments implementing lockdowns and placing restriction on international travels.
However, the emirate undertook several steps to revive tourism in Abu Dhabi. The steps included the Go Safe Certification for hotels to regain customer confidence.
The programme was launched across all hotels in the emirate. In the third quarter, 93 hotels secured full certification, reported Gulf News.
In August, Aldar Properties in Abu Dhabi received the ‘Go Safe’ certification.