Abu Dhabi is determined to attain its yearly tourism goal as hotels and hotel apartments reported robust development in guest arrivals and profits in the first nine months.
The 156 hotels and hotel apartments in the emirate registered a 26% annual upsurge in the number of tourists to 2.49 million in the period, compared to its yearly goal of 3.1 million, a statement from to Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi.
The emirate added eight hotels since the end of September last year, accounting for more than 2,000 rooms.
Generally, the emirate had 7,348 rooms in numerous phases of planning and building at the end of September, with more than 5,000 of these in the luxury and upper upscale segments. Abu Dhabi had 22,093 rooms at the end of September, more than 10,000 of which are in the same high-end categories.
Vacationers stayed an average of three nights in the emirate, and occupancy levels climbed 7% to 73%. Competitive room rates compared to Dubai have also supported to sell Abu Dhabi’s hotel rooms.
In September, the average room rate in Abu Dhabi arrived at $128.96, an upsrge of 4.2%, compared to $231.36 in Dubai. Dubai room rates diminished 3.2% over last September.
In the first three quarters of 2014, profits for Abu Dhabi hotels reached Dh4.268 billion, a 15% progress annual.
Of this, Dh2.17 billion, a 16% increase, came from room sales and Dh1.62 billion from food and beverage income, which mounted 12%.