Abu Dhabi’s guest numbers increased 19% in this year’s first quarter, it was revealed today.Figures from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) showed that this totalled to a 9% rise in guest nights. Visitors from the UK, GCC and India all rose by 19%, 29% and 26% respectively but the number of guests dropped from USA (1%) and Germany (20%).”These results have to be judged in light of Abu Dhabi’s growing accommodation inventory – which has gone to 17,600 rooms in the first quarter of this year, from just under 13,000 this time last year,” said ADTA General Director Mubarak Al Muhairi. However, research by STR Global recently revealed that the emirate’s occupancy rate was down to 64% and revenue per available room plummeted by 45%. “Hotel guest revenue for Q1 amounted to AED 1.15 billion (US $313 million) and the average length of stay was 2.7 nights. Both measures have dropped slightly on Q1 last year by 5% and 8% respectively and we will be focusing heavily on improving both,” said Al Muhairi.