Abu Dhabi Hotel Occupancy Rises Amid Poor Middle East Performance

28th June 2011 (Last Updated June 28th, 2011 18:30)

Hotel occupancy in Abu Dhabi increased 17.4% to 64.2% in May 2011, according to data from STR Global. Despite the rise, Abu Dhabi hotels registered a 22.3% drop in their average daily rate (ADR), the largest decrease in the Middle East and African region, according to the Saudi Gazet

Hotel occupancy in Abu Dhabi increased 17.4% to 64.2% in May 2011, according to data from STR Global.

Despite the rise, Abu Dhabi hotels registered a 22.3% drop in their average daily rate (ADR), the largest decrease in the Middle East and African region, according to the Saudi Gazette.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, reported the region’s second-best occupancy increase with an 8.4% rise to 73.5% and a 20.6% rise in revenue per available room (revPAR), while Muscat, Oman, recorded a revPAR drop of 22%.

The Middle East and Africa ended the month with a 12.5% fall in occupancy to 53.7% while ADR rose 8.5% and revPAR fell by 5.1%.

Abu Dhabi posted the largest ADR drop of the region’s key markets, followed by Amman with 11% and Beirut, Lebanon, with 10.9%.

Cairo’s hotel industry continued to suffer after its period of political unrest, with occupancy dropping 47.6% to 34.4%.