The number of hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments in March reached 464,960, representing an increase of 12.3% compared to the same month last year, according to figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

That meant that the total number of hotel guests in the first three months of 2018 was 1,289,537, a year-on-year increase of 10.9%, with key international markets registering impressive percentage gains.

During the month, the number of visitors from the UK increased by 24% to reach 28,000.

The impressive figures follow a record-breaking 2017 when just shy of five million visitors stayed in Abu Dhabi city, Al Al Ain Region and Al Dhafra’s range of accommodation. All three regions registered hotel guest rises with Al Dhafra leading the way with a 22.7% rise, followed by Abu Dhabi city with 12.8% rise and Al Ain with a 5.3% rise.

The first quarter of 2018 has seen the UK register a 25% increase, ensuring the market remains the third most important international source market.