Figures collated by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have revealed that the number of international visitors coming to the UAE capital in 2019 is estimated to have reached 11.35 million. This number includes 2.83 million overnight and 8.53 million same day visitors and is a 10.5% increase over 2018.
The final figures include official international hotel guests, plus estimates for overnight visitors from overseas staying with friends or relatives and an estimate for the number of same-day international visitors.
DCT Abu Dhabi’s official 2019 hotel figures also reveal that Abu Dhabi’s 168 hotels and hotel apartments posted the highest number of guests - to date (5.14 million) of which 3.66 million were international guests, with robust growth across key revenue metrics including Total Revenues, Average Room Rate (ARR) and Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR). Abu Dhabi has a total of 27,100 hotel rooms and 5,700 rooms in apartment hotels.
The Hotel Guest numbers represented an increase of 2.1% over the previous year, whilst Hotel Occupancy was up 1.6% (to a rate of 73%), Average Length of Stay for 2019 was up 1.8% (to 2.6 nights) and Total Revenues were up an impressive 6.6% to AED 5.8 billion (US$1.57 billion) ADR metrics were up 4.7% and RevPAR also increased across the year by 6.4%.
India, China, the UK and the USA remained the top four non-UAE source markets for hotel guests, with Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and Bahrain the fastest growing markets between 2017 and 2019. The Indian market performed especially well, with an 8.2% increase over 2018 – with more than 450,000 hotel guests arriving - and the USA posting a 5.1% increase over the same time period.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.