Rise in number of UK arrivals to Abu Dhabi

UK arrivals to Abu Dhabi went up by more than a quarter in October over the same month last year.

The total number of international guests checking into the emirate’s 163 hotels in the month rose by 18% to 418,883.

The cumulative number of international travellers for the first ten months of 2017 increased to more than 3.9 million, representing growth of 8% year-on-year.

The figure keeps the emirate on track to surpass last year’s record total of 4.4 million, according to latest figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

October saw a double-digit percentage growth from China and US visitors, while the UK and India saw increases of 26% and 22% respectively, although the figures were not broken down.

The tourism department’s director general Saif Saeed Ghobash said: “Our sustained efforts in improving the worldwide appeal of Abu Dhabi to tourists for both business and leisure is continuing to reap rewards, with the latest figures for guest arrivals supporting our endeavours.

“Record numbers of people are staying in our expansive choice of accommodation across all three regions of the emirate and we aim to sustain and improve on this growth throughout Q4, traditionally our busiest time of the year.”

He added: “We do face challenges, in particular our average length of stay, which we want to increase by providing a greater choice of things to see, do and experience to encourage our guests to stay longer and visit more of the emirate.

“We have identified an appetite and need for additional leisure and entertainment events and are working closely with the private sector on partnerships to improve our choices throughout the year.

“Our unique blend of culture, heritage and diverse natural landscapes combined with dynamic family entertainment and business opportunities are proving highly enticing for international visitors and we will continue to capitalise on our growth throughout Q4.”

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