The UK remains Abu Dhabi’s third highest contributor of hotel guests and the emirate’s leading European market, with arrivals jumping 14% year-on-year to 231,337.
The 958,022 guest nights registered in the emirate from the UK represent a 9% increase year-on-year. UK guests are also among those that stay the longest, averaging 4.14 nights.
This is the third year in a row that the UK has produced a double-digit growth percentage, with figures soaring from 140,393 in 2012 to over 231,000 in 2015.
The year-end figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) also show an overall 18% increase in Abu Dhabi hotel guests when compared to 2014. A total of 4,105,846 guests checked into Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments in 2015, staying a total of 12,243,096 nights, a 17% increase year on year.
The hotel occupancy rate also remained high, at 75.4%.
Nabeel Al Zarouni, UK & Ireland country manager at TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “It’s great to see the UK market continuing to grow at such a fast rate. We’ve achieved double-digit growth every year since 2012. And with cruise ships homeporting in the new cruise terminal encouraging pre- and post-cruise stays, landmark hotels from Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt and Fairmont all opening this year, plus the hotly anticipated unveiling of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, we’re expecting similar growth levels in 2016.”
Ireland also had a great year, seeing arrivals increase 41% year on year, from 17,613 to 24,849 – a result that sees Ireland break into the top 25 performing nations of 2015.
China, however, has been the best performing market in terms of growth, recording a 47% increase in visitor numbers year on year.
The top 10 inbound markets for Abu Dhabi in 2015 were: UAE, India, UK, China, USA, Philippines, Germany, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.