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Wednesday, 26 September, 2018, 17 : 15 PM [IST]

We are expecting consistent 10-15% y-o-y growth from India: ED Abu Dhabi Tourism

Sultan Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Abu Dhabi Tourism, said that the emirate is expecting a consistent 10 to 15% growth from India in tourist arrivals. Abu Dhabi had received 3.5 lakh hotel guests in 2017 and the numbers for the first 8 months of 2018 have shown a growth of 18%.

Attributing this growth to continuous commitment and investments in educating the trade partners about Abu Dhabi, Dhaheri said the tourism board will continue to invest in the Indian market to maintain the growth momentum. He was speaking to media on the sidelines of TAFI Convention which is currently underway at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. He said that the tourism board is also investing in educating the local stakeholders on how to customise their services to suit Indian customers.

Sultan informed that the government is making all efforts to create infrastructure to make destination accessible and its services seamless to visitors.

Talking about tourism and its significance, he said that the sector was identified as a key  economic driver and lot of investments have gone into it over the years. From 7,000 hotel rooms and 1 million guests in 2006, Abu Dhabi today has 32,000 hotel rooms and receives 5 million guests, and another 10,000 rooms are in the pipeline.

He said that the tourism board is encouraging local DMCs to design 4-, 6-, 10-hour packages for transit passengers, since transit visa was introduced.

Talking about new segments, Sultan said that Medical Tourism is one segments that Abu Dhabi is looking to tap and promote. An agreement has been signed with the Medical Travel Association in this regard, and the tourism board will embark on a roadshow in source markets.
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