Abu Dhabi sees signs of tourism sector recovery

Abu Dhabi has recorded a significant increase in revenues from tourism activity in the third quarter signalling the start of the tourism sector’s recovery.

Abu Dhabi saw an abrupt slowdown in the second quarter caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but within the third quarter Abu Dhabi achieved the highest hotel occupancy rates and the third highest revenue per room in the region. Relative to the previous quarter, hotel revenues saw an increase of 46 per cent, with a 95 per cent increase in the number of guests.

The recovery of the sector was further demonstrated through an estimated 83 per cent increase in footfall at malls across the emirate, and a 119 per cent increase in airline bookings.

Seating capacity for all airlines operating in Abu Dhabi was also increased by 364 per cent during this period attributed to the boost in domestic tourism activity.

“Despite the profound disruptions caused by restrictions to public mobility, the positive indicators we have seen in the third quarter of this year are a testament to the agility and adaptability of Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry in response to the evolving market landscape,” said Saood Al Hosani, Acting Undersecretary of Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

“Alongside the launch of Air Arabia and WizzAir this year, which represents a significant vote of confidence in Abu Dhabi’s ongoing role as a travel hub, pioneering initiatives such as our Go Safe certification programme and our Rediscover Abu Dhabi campaign, have successfully resulted in the initial signs of a strong recovery.”