Abu Dhabi tourism levels up in February

24/03/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Abu Dhabi tourism levels up in February
Double-digit growth was experienced across key tourism performance indicators in Abu Dhabi during February, new figures have found.

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has released statistics which show that the number of guests staying in hotels in the emirate rose by 17 per cent over the course of the month.

"February puts us on an early track towards achieving our 2011 target with double-digit growth also now showing for the combined first two months of this year compared to last," said Lawrence Franklin, strategy and policy director for ADTA.

According to the organisation, the rise in tourism numbers last month was driven primarily by major events including the IDEX international defence show, the Al Ain Aerobatic Show and Gourmet Abu Dhabi.

The UK cemented its position as the leading market for Abu Dhabi, with hotel guests from the country climbing 29 per cent. Other increases came from the US, up 36 per cent, Saudi Arabia which rose by 90 per cent and France, up by 49 per cent.

New figures from the Abu Dhabi Airports Company show that passenger numbers at Abu Dhabi International Airport grew eight per cent in February compared to the same month in 2010.ADNFCR-2019-ID-800475169-ADNFCR