International arrivals to Abu Dhabi up 10.5% in August

In first eight months of 2018, 5.8% increase

18 October, 12:08

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, OCTOBER 18 - The number of international arrivals to Abu Dhabi in August increased 10.5% on the same month in 2017, with a double-digit increase from the majority of markets of origin, according to the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT).

    It said it is on target to reach its objective of improving on last year's figure of 5 million arrivals.

    The Italian market in August included 3,782 arrivals, a 0.47% drop on August 2017.

    In the first eight months of 2018, there were 37,782 arrivals from Italy, staying an average of 3.6 nights.

    The August increase in visitors is due in part to the "Abu Dhabi Summer Season", a calendar of events that has increased the popularity of the United Arab Emirates as a destination.

    In all, 477,606 visitors stayed in 162 hotels and apartment-hotels in the city during the month of August, representing an increase of 45,000 visitors on August 2017.

    In the first eight months of 2018, the city hosted 3.31 million guests, a 5.8% increase on last year.

    All three regions of the UAE saw in increase in arrivals in August 2018 compared to last year.

    Abu Dhabi City gained 11.2%, arrivals in the Al Ain region grew by 2.8%, and the Al Dhafra region saw a 22.5% increase in visitors, with occupancy rates up 5.6% and 8.4%, respectively.(ANSAmed).

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