According to Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), there was a 26 per cent growth in the hospitality industry – that consists of hotels and hotel apartments – in November 2013, as well as a total revenue leap of 19 per cent, reaching AED669 million.
“This is heading in the right direction. More people from within the UAE are choosing to stay in Abu Dhabi and for longer,” says His Excellency Jasem Al Darmaki, deputy director-general of the Abu Dhabi TCA. “There’s a way to go, but with more events and products coming to the market soon, we’ve a chance to build this further.”
India is the top overseas market for Abu Dhabi’s TCA and 157,594 guests arrived from the country this year, while the UK brought in 147,852 guests. This is due to the fact that Abu Dhabi has created 12 more properties and 2,500 new rooms since last year.
Abu Dhabi’s occupancy rates for 2013 have risen by 70 per cent, with total hotel revenues reaching AED5 billion.