Abu Dhabi welcomed almost two million guests in the first five months of 2017.
The 1,965,436 visitors represent a 4% growth compared to the same period in 2016, according to figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “Our efforts in May capitalised on the growing popularity of the emirate in China as a tourist destination, with our promotional team conducting a four-city roadshow, and participating in the ITB China Exhibition 2017 in Shanghai.
“Our Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau team spearheaded a delegation representing an array of new products to Germany to participate in IMEX Frankfurt 2017, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events (MICE), targeting corporate business growth from high-performing sectors of the German economy, in particular the medical, automotive and financial services sectors.”
Of this figure, domestic visitors account for more than 600,000 hotel guests across the emirate’s 167 hotels and hotel apartments in the Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra regions.
Internationally, China is the largest source market with 160,902 hotel guests so far this year. India stays as the second largest international source market with c.136,000 hotel guests, followed by the UK with c.104,000, US with over 67,000 and Saudi Arabia with more than 62,000 arrivals.