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Published on : Thursday, October 31, 2013
In the first nine months of the year Hotel revenues rose by 18 per cent to Dh3.7 billion. Food and beverage income contributed Dh1.5 billion, up 17 per cent. Besides, revenue per available room grew by 6 per cent to Dh285. The emirate currently has 148 hotels and hotel apartments, with 25,671 rooms, and aims to draw 2.5 million hotel guests by the year-end.
India is Abu Dhabi’s largest international source market for hotel guests, with 121,763 Indians staying at the emirate’s hotels in the first nine months of the year, up 24 per cent year-on-year, followed by the UK and Germany. Gulf countries continue to be ranked in the emirate’s top 20 international source markets, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait.
Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general of TCA Abu Dhabi, said in the statement, “Although obviously pleased with the increase in guest numbers, particularly given we now have 13 per cent more rooms available than this time last year. We are also greatly encouraged by an increasing trend towards longer stays by individuals with the average-length-of-stay now reaching 3.16 nights – which is a 6 per cent rise on September last year.”