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Abu Dhabi hotels welcome 3.02m guests in 9 months

Number signals a major rise of 516,100 guests or 21 per cent year-on-year

Hotels in the emirate of Abu Dhabi welcomed more than three million guests in the first nine months of the current year, up from 2.5m in the same period of 2014, according to official data.

The number of guests, which reached 3.02m, signals a major rise of 516,100 guests or 21 per cent year-on-year, the data by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority shows.

The number of nights tourists spent in the emirate jumped to 8.58m nights during the January-September period against 7.5m nights in the corresponding period of 2014, up by 1.1m nights or 14 per cent.

The figures published by Al Bayan indicate that Abu Dhabi hotels added additional AED350.4m in fresh earnings bring the value of the nine-month returns to AED4.62 billion compared with 4.27bn in the same period a year earlier.

Occupancy rates averaged 74 per cent compared with 73 per cent while room rates picked up by two per cent to AED417 from AED409 in the corresponding period of 2014.

Hospitality sector sources said the emirate of Abu Dhabi recorded a strong tourism performance during the current year with the opening of new hotels that added hundreds of rooms in line with the emirate’s strategy to attract 3.9m tourists during the current year.