Abu Dhabi hotels recorded rises across all industry indicators for the first half of 2011, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).
For the year-to-date, hotel guests increased by 11% to just over one million, guest nights increased by 26% to over three million, occupancy rose by 10% to stand at 70%, revenue climbed 6% to $619m and the average length of stay grew by 13% to 2.97 nights.
ADTA chairman HH Sheik Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said the growth was helped by a 15% year-on-year drop in average room rates, making Abu Dhabi a more affordable destination than it was last year.
The UK stood as the emirate’s largest source of hotel guests for the first six months of 2011, accounting for 72,998 visitors, a 20% increase on the first half of 2010.
Other source countries include India, where visitors to Abu Dhabi rose by 22%, Germany with 15% growth, Saudi Arabia with 44%, France with 29%, Italy with 22%, Australia with 18%, Kuwait with 19% and Russia with 40%.