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23/01/2018 - 20:00hs

Abu Dhabi hotels post record numbers in 2017

Hotels and hotel apartments welcomed over 4.8 million guests in the year, an increase of 9.8% in comparison to 2016.

Abu Dhabi – The 162 hotels in Abu Dhabi welcomed a record number of 4.87 million tourists last year, up 9.8% over the previous year. The data was released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) and published by the Emirates News Agency (WAM) this Tuesday (23).

Abu Dhabi city, which has 26,800 rooms available in 131 hotels, registered an increase of 10.3% in the number of guests, reaching 4.3 million people. The Al Ain region, which has 20 hotels, welcomed 450,300 tourists, up 5.5%, while the Al Dhafra region’s number of guests rose 8.2% to 130,200 in its 11 hotels.

In December, 480,800 guests stayed in Abu Dhabi hotels, an increase of 17.6% over the same month of 2016. Many events contributed to the increase in demand, such as the Abu Dhabi Food Festival, the Dar Al Zain Festival and the New Year’s Countdown Village – plus the opening of the museum Louvre Abu Dhabi in the previous month.

“A record number of people are visiting Abu Dhabi year after year and we continue to go from strength to strength in positioning ourselves as a distinctive global tourist destination steeped in culture and heritage,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, DCT’s director general, to WAM. “A near double digit year-on-year growth in the number of guests staying in all three regions of the emirates is testament to our drive and determination in helping the emirate evolve into a ‘must-visit’ place on any traveler’s itinerary,” he added.

The easing of visa restriction to Chinese tourists by the United Arab Emirates caused an impact in its very first year: minus local citizens, the Chinese tourists were the largest group to stay in Abu Dhabi, with over 372,000 guests, up 60%. In second place came India, with 360,000 guests, up 11%, followed by the Britain, with 270,000 guests, up 13%.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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