Overall visitor numbers increased 12 percent during Q1 this year over 2017, while international market growth rose 18 percent year-on-year to account for 70 percent of total visitor arrivals.
UK arrivals performed particularly strongly, up 18 percent year-on-year, an 8.4 percent increase.
RAKTDA noted that the emirate enjoyed its highest hotel occupancies in a quarter during Q1, averaging 79.4 percent and up four percent over Q1 2017. The average length of stay rose to 3.7 days year-to-date, an increase of 4.5 percent on 2017.
Haitham Mattar, CEO, RAKTDA, commented, “We have had a strong start to the year which is important as we look towards our goal of one million visitors by the end of 2018 and 2.9 million by 2025. Our hotel performance is a key indicator of our propensity to grow and with record hotel occupancies recorded in Q1 we need to continue our focus on meeting increased visitor demand with a broader range of accommodation.”