2012: Booming Times for Abu Dhabi Hotels

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Aerial photograph of the Etihad Towers and Emirates Palace Hotel
Featured- Aerial photograph of the Etihad Towers and Emirates Palace Hotel. Abu Dhabi hotels witnessed an increase of around 6 percent during first 11 months of this year to hit $1.2 billion in revenues. Photo-Beno Saradzic

The year 2012 has proved to be a great one for Abu Dhabi hotels. Compared to 2011, revenues of Abu Dhabi hotels have increased by around 6 percent to USD 1.2 billion during first 11 months of this year.

Data from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) suggests that food and beverage incomes have risen by an estimated 12 percent to about USD 439 million. The number of guests staying at Abu Dhabi’s 137 hotels, resorts and hotel apartments climbed by about 14 percent from January to November. On the whole, over 2.1 million guests enjoyed some of the world-class facilities offered by hotels in the emirate.

Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general, TCA Abu Dhabi, expressed his pleasure at the performance and believes that the results are very encouraging for travel and tourism in the region.  “We are very positive about achieving our 2.3 million guest target for this year, and ending 2012 on a satisfactory note while looking forward to attaining more guest gains during 2013 when we have a mainline attraction and new resorts opening,” he said.

The month of November proved to be the busiest time for hotels as 207,335 guests accounted for 676,593 guest nights. This feat was achieved mainly due to the staging of Grand Prix and hectic marketing efforts, which promoted Abu Dhabi as a fun-filled vacation spot.

The development of travel and tourism holds great promise for the hospitality industry and new projects are being completed at a rapid pace to accommodate the higher demand from guests. In January, the Yas Waterworld waterpark will start welcoming visitors, while the luxury beachfront Ritz Carlton Grand Canal Abu Dhabi will also open its doors in first quarter of next year.

Abu Dhabi remained a popular holiday place for visitors from UK and India. Compared to 2011, the number of visitors from UK and India increased by 2 percent and 30 percent, respectively. If the growth rate of Indian visitors keeps pace in the coming times, they would form the largest source market for hotel guests in 2014.

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