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06/06/2017 - 07:00hs

Abu Dhabi hotel guest arrivals are up

The UAE’s lodging establishments welcomed 1.6 million people from January to April, an increase of 7% over the same period of last year.

Abu Dhabi – The hotels in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, welcomed 1.6 million guests from January to April, an increase of 7% over the same period of last year, according to data made public by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA. The information was published by the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

In April, the guest arrivals in the hotels went up 15% over the same month of 2016. There was an increase in the number of tourists from the main markets, such as China, India, United Kingdom, United Sates, Germany and Saudi Arabia. The total number of domestic guests also increased in April, according to WAM, and reached 130,000. Hotel occupancy rates went up in the emirate’s three regions: Abu Dhabi, on the coastline, Al Ain, inland, and in Al Dhafra.

“Efforts to stimulate interest in our destinations continue unabated and we are encouraged by our latest hotel guest arrival results, which show strong progress, said Saif Saeed Ghobash, director-general of TCA Abu Dhabi. “As we expand our year-round programme of events and develop new cultural and family attractions, we expect even greater traction in enticing people to explore the emirate,” he added, according to WAM.

Among these events, he mentioned as examples the Cultural Summit, that gathered leaders of the world’s art, media and cultural policy communities from 80 countries, and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which attracted more than 300,000 visitors. Another main touristic point is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which welcomed 5.2 million visitors last year and was rated, for the second consecutive year, in second place as the world’s favorite landmarks by travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor, trailing only Angkor, Cambodia.

In April, China remained the top source market, followed by India and the United Kingdom. WAM notes that the hike in Chinese tourist numbers reflects the laxer visa rules for tourists from the Asian country, who are now allowed to get their visas on arrival in the UAE.

The news agency also mentions roadshows in Saudi Arabia, Germany, China and South Africa, as well as in the United States, India and Europe.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani & Gabriel Pomerancblum

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