Hotel guests rose by 16% in Abu Dhabi, UAE, during the first ten months of 2010 compared with the same period of 2009, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

The emirate also recorded a 15% year-on-year increase in guest nights to four million during January-October.

The region recorded a 18% year-on-year increase in guest numbers and a 4% rise in their average length of stay during October.

The number of international hotel guests rose by 17% to 861,560, which was attributed to an increase in domestic tourism, according to WAM – Emirates News Agency.

Increased accommodation throughout Abu Dhabi affected occupancy levels, which declined by 16% year-on-year to 63%, and revenue, which fell by 5% to AED3.2bn ($888m).

The region saw a month-on-month room revenue growth of 50% from September to October.