Abu Dhabi reported improved performances across all industry parameters for the first four months of 2011, according to figures released by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.
The number of guests staying in the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments rose by 10% from January to April, compared with the same period in 2010.
Guest nights increased by 26% to stand at 2.1 million, room nights climbed 21% to 1.6 million, with occupancy levels increasing by 10% to 72% and the average length of stay rising by 14% to over three nights.
The emirate’s traditional European source markets reported good performances, with the UK and Germany both rising 19% year-on-year to 50,846 and 24,958, respectively.
Guests from France increased by 35% during the same period to 17,872, while Italy rose by 20% to 11,364.
Saudi Arabia also showed an improved performance as a source of guests, with a 46% year-on-year rise to 19,375.
The hotels also reported 50% more guests from Russia to 5,459, with visitors from India rising 29% to 33,073.
Total hotel / hotel apartment revenues for the first four months of 2011 rose 7% to AED1.6bn ($439m), of which room revenue accounted for AED878m ($239m), a 5% increase on the year to date, while food and beverages recorded an 11% revenue increase at approximately AED576m ($157m).
Abu Dhabi’s average room rates for the first four months of 2011 stood at AED545 ($148), a 15% drop on 2010’s figure, with revenue per available room falling by 6% to AED394 ($107).