It is all good times for the capital city. Abu Dhabi is experiencing an increase in airline passengers and higher hotel occupancy as more visitors arrive from Russia, India and Saudi Arabia.
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) reported that a total of 694,181 guests stayed at the capital’s hotels in the first four months of the year, up 10% in the same period last year.
Experts attribute this phenomena to the better value for money that Abu Dhabi is offering. As per Adrian Deegan, the area director of sales at Rotana Hotels, which manages 10 hotels in the emirate, Rotana Hotels is opening sales offices in Shanghai, Mumbai and Moscow to tap demand from emerging markets.
Abu Dhabi has gained from major conferences and sporting and entertainment events happening in the city, such as concerts on Yas Island. The political unrest elsewhere in the region also helped as travellers have sought stable destinations.
As per ADTA, Russian, Saudi and Indian tourists recorded the highest in percentage, providing 50%, 46% and 29% more respectively, than in the first four months of last year.
Visitor numbers are expected to further increase with Cathay Pacific’s four times weekly flights from Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi, which will bring in business from mainland China as they open up access to cities through Cathay Pacific’s sister carrier Dragonair. ADTA is expecting the number of hotel guests from Hong Kong and mainland China to increase by more than 20 percent this year.
As per Abu Dhabi Airports Company, a total of 996,000 passengers traveled through Abu Dhabi International Airport last month, up 15% compared to last year.