“The year-on-year February increase has been primarily driven by major events held in the emirate including the IDEX international defence show, the Al Ain Aerobatic Show and Gourmet Abu Dhabi”.
Hotels also gained from the political uprisings sweeping parts of the Arab world, helping to push a 90% jump in Saudi visitors to 6,950. Abu Dhabi noticed a similar climb in Russian visitors, with the number of guests from the Eurasian country rising 88 % to 1,561.
Guest numbers from Oman and Qatar declined, without specifying the number. “ADTA will continue to build on this increased business from Russia through its on-the-ground representation in Moscow and plans for a fully-fledged ADTA office in Moscow in the final lease negotiation stage."
The UK remained top source market of Abu Dhabi, providing 12,832 visitors. American guests rose 36% to 8,342 and French visitors jumped 49% to 4,760.
115 hospitality units of Abu Dhabi saw average occupancy levels rise 16% to 77% in February, while the average length of time guests stayed rose 10% to 2.99 nights. Earnings from the food and drinks sector rose 20% on the year to AED142.9m.