The number of hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments in March reached 464,960, representing an increase of 12.3% compared to the same month last year, according to figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
That meant that the total number of hotel guests in the first three months of the year was 1,289,537, a year-on-year increase of 10.9%.
During the month, the numbers of visitors from leading international source market China increased by 15.4% to number 40,800, Indian guests increased by 32% to number 35,200 and the UK increased by 24% to reach 28,000. Other key markets, the United States and Germany, also registered double-digit increases with the US up 29% to 19,300 and Germany rising 36% to 18,800 guests.
The figures follow 2017's numbers when just shy of five million visitors stayed in Abu Dhabi city, Al Al Ain Region and Al Dhafra’s range of accommodation.
UAE-based guests also increased in March to number 134,631, a rise from March 2017’s total of 130,125.
All three regions registered hotel guest rises with Al Dhafra leading the way with a 22.7% rise, followed by Abu Dhabi city with 12.8% rise and Al Ain with a 5.3% rise.
The first quarter of this year has seen China maintain its top position, with more than 127,000 Chinese staying in the emirate – an increase of 31% compared to the same period in 2017. Indian visitors have surged past 100,000 and showed a 30% increase while the UK registered a 25% increase, the US up 24% and Germany up 27%.