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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

American tourist traffic set to grow

Posted on 04/06/2007

American tourist traffic is likely to grow with the increase in the number of flights by various airlines between the US and the UAE, according to an official from the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). Speaking to Khaleej Times recently during the Press briefing on Delta Air Lines' inaugural Dubai-Atlanta service, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb Al Muhairy, Director-Operations and Marketing Division of DTCM, said although it may take a while to clear the American ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi wins two major awards at WTA

Posted on 31/05/2007

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has won two awards at this year's annual World Travel Award. ADTA bagged in the "Best Promotion Agency" and the "Best New Tourists Destination" awards for successfully promoting its tourism destinations in the Middle East in an opinion poll in which thousands of experts and officials from the tourism sector worldwide are given the opportunity to express their views and make their choice. Commenting on the new achievement, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority partners with Conde Nast Traveller to launch 'The World of Luxury'

Posted on 24/05/2007

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority has announced the latest high profile supplement, Condé Nast Traveller's 'The World of Luxury', in association with Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, has now arrived on newsstands across the UK. The supplement, which is the product of a long standing relationship between the Condé Nast Group and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, focuses on luxury living on a world-class scale. Ali Al Hosani, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority Marketing Director commented: "There is a ...  >>MORE

UAE now one of premier tourism destinations in MENA: ADTA

Posted on 20/05/2007

Dead Sea, Jordan - Success in the tourism and travel industry in Abu Dhabi is a result of government support, Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), said Outlining massive construction of a new airport and other large infrastructure projects in Abu Dhabi, he said that there is a strategy to target high-end visitors. 'We have identified our strengths. Whether it's the UAE or any other country, natural resources should be identified and capitalized on, Al ...  >>MORE

Segway targets 20,000 tourists on two-wheelers

Posted on 10/05/2007

Up to 20,000 holidaymakers a year in the UAE are expected to pay for sightseeing trips on Segways once tours on the motorised two-wheelers are launched later this year. The UAE distributor of the US-built devices is in negotiations with venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with a view to launching services this summer. Segway UAE has proposed to run the tours year-round, with most demand likely to come from visitors to the UAE. Steven Brown-Cestero, chief executive of Segway UAE, said his hope was ...  >>MORE

Dubai tourism projects to reach Dh450b by 2018

Posted on 05/05/2007

Tourism-related projects in Dubai would reach Dh450 billion by 2018, or more than 50 per cent of the total Dh858 billion being projected for the whole UAE, the Tourism Development Projects and Investment Market (TDIM) yesterday said. In a Press statement, TDIM said UAE would account for 85 per cent of the Dh1-trillion tourism-related projects predicted for the six-member GCC, Khaleej Times reported. Quoting a survey carried out by Reed Exhibitions, TDIM said the total value of projects ...  >>MORE

UAE expats on global tourism radar

Posted on 21/04/2007

High-spending UAE nationals have always been the focus of tourism promotion campaigns by various countries. But expatriates are being targeted in increasing numbers by these campaigns. Expatriate groups in the country have become more diversified in recent years and there are more potential tourists in their midst, officials working with foreign tourist organisations point out. "People from all over the world now come to work in Dubai. The expatriate segment has grown and become more ...  >>MORE

ADTA participation in Frankfurt show ends on positive note

Posted on 20/04/2007

Frankfurt - The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) Thursday wound up what it touted as successful participation in the Meeting and Incentive Travel Exhibition (IMEX), which was held for three days in Messe in Frankfurt, Germany. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, ADTA Chairman, said their participation at IMEX was part of efforts to showcase Abu Dhabi emirate's potentials at global forums. "Our participation was in line with the massive tourism projects that are now in the pipeline. It ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi tourism reaps benefits of open-door policy

Posted on 28/03/2007

Abu Dhabi, which is diversifying its oil-dependent economy, has attracted Dh200 billion investment in tourism projects, according to a top official said. The UAE's capital set up its tourism regulatory body Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) to spearhead tourism projects. Last year, ADTA's investment and development arm Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) launched a Dh100 billion Saadiyat Island project which has attracted billions of dirhams of investment in hotels and ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Tourism stand a hit in Moscow

Posted on 26/03/2007

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, SCTDA, stand at the tourism show in Moscow has drawn the attention of many Russian travel and tourism agencies who are interested to see what the emirate has to offer. SCTDA representatives on Sunday have said that Sharjah's entry at the 13th Moscow International Exhibition (Travel and Tourism, MITT 2007) for the seventh time in a row had been a marked success. The past year has seen more than 170,000 Russian tourists flocking to the ...  >>MORE

UAE wins in tourism competitiveness

Posted on 18/03/2007

The UAE has beaten countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the broader Middle East and North Africa region in the worldwide tourism index, in which it clinched the 18th spot. Known as the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), the report ranks 124 countries on the basis of 13 variables. The rankings are an integral part of the first ever Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007, issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Other GCC countries in the report could ...  >>MORE

Sharjah wins award at Berlin tourism event

Posted on 12/03/2007

The Emirate of Sharjah secured the award for Best Middle Eastern Exhibitor at the world's largest tourism event — ITB 2007. The Cologne Business School selected Sharjah for the prestigious award. Featuring 11,000 stands from a multitude of participants from around the globe, ITB Berlin attracts a large gathering of international media and acts as one of the focal points for the world's tourism and business sectors every year. (Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Giant cruise ship makes maiden call at Dubai

Posted on 12/03/2007

Dubai had its largest ever cruise ship visitor yesterday when the Queen Mary 2 docked at Port Rashid. The 151,400-tonne ship dwarfed everything around her after she came alongside at about 6am as part of her first world tour. The British-registered vessel's owner Cunard said in all likelihood the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) would visit Dubai again if, as expected she embarks on a second around-the-world cruise. Richard Parker, tour manager for QM2, said the visit to Dubai created "a buzz" among the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism sector achieves 19% growth in 2006

Posted on 10/03/2007

Berlin - The Tourism Sector in Abu Dhabi emirate achieved a 19 % growth in 2006, posting Dh1.8 billion in profits as compared to Dhs.15 billion in 2005. According to Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, the tourism boom in the emirate reflected positively on the hotels' occupancy rate, which remained around 84.4% throughout the year 2006 against 78.4 % in the previous year. Quoting official hotel records, Al Muhairi, said some 1.4 million visitors ...  >>MORE

UAE Embassy in Berlin holds reception in honour of national exhibitors at ITB

Posted on 09/03/2007

Berlin - The UAE Embassy held a reception here last night in honour of national tourism institutions and tourist offices participating at the Berlin International Tourism Fair ITB. Speaking at the occasion that was attended by Michael Claus, Federal Minister of Economy, UAE Ambassador Ahmed Mohammed Al Mahmoud underlined the importance of tourism as a medium of communication and cultural interaction between various cultures of the world. "Tourism is no longer just a trip, a picnic or a ...  >>MORE

ADTA begins regulating Abu Dhabi's industry

Posted on 09/03/2007

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has begun regulating the fast-growing tourism industry of the UAE's capital by putting an effective system in place, a senior government official said. "We have undertaken major reforms by initiating proper regulations to stimulate the growth of Abu Dhabi's tourism sector by offering value-added services to the tourism community," Ali Ahmad Al Hosani, marketing director of ADTA told Gulf News at the ITB Berlin, where his organisation is hosting a number of ...  >>MORE

Tourism earns Dh97b revenue

Posted on 08/03/2007

Berlin - The travel and tourism industry in the UAE is expected to have earned Dh96.8 billion of economic activity last year and is likely to grow to Dh170.7 billion by 2016, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). This is about 18 per cent of the total travel and tourism demand generated in the Middle East, which last year reached Dh541.56 billion. The WTTC ranked the UAE 38th among 174 countries. However, the travel and tourism industry's contribution to the country's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi visitors reach 1.34m

Posted on 07/03/2007

International tourist arrivals in Abu Dhabi grew 12 per cent to 1.34 million last year compared to 1.21 million in 2005, according to the latest Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) data. Hotel guest nights recorded an 11 per cent growth reaching 3.9 million last year compared to 3.5 million in 2005. Abu Dhabi, which occupies more than 70 per cent of the UAE's vast desertland, is a sleeping giant with a relatively high growth potential. The new master planned projects that are currently in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi makes plan for tourism growth

Posted on 07/03/2007

Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE's seven emirates, has an ambitious plan to develop its tourism industry in the near future. "Abu Dhabi has many plans to be one of the important tourist centres in the region in the next few years," said Nasser Buti Bin Omer, chairman of Tourism Committee in Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI). Bin Omer highlighted the importance of launching promotional campaigns to promote Abu Dhabi as a station for the regional tourism and culture. Bin ...  >>MORE

Record number of UAE firms will take part in top tourist expo

Posted on 07/03/2007

More than 225 UAE-based tourism companies are participating in this year's International Tourism Exchange (ITB) - the world's largest industry gathering - which starts today in Berlin. This is the largest ever tourism promotional drive by UAE companies and branches of international hotel and tourism chains based in the country. Heavy hitters including Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and Emirates Group are all at the event. ...  >>MORE

UAE tops region in tourism

Posted on 05/03/2007

The UAE has the most attractive environments for developing the travel and tourism industry in the Arab world, according to the first ranking of its kind in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007. The UAE ranked 18th ahead of well-established tourism destinations Cyprus, Portugal and Greece in the 124-country survey released in Geneva on Thursday by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Tunisia (34), Qatar (36), Jordan (46) and Bahrain (47) completed the top five list of Arab ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi talks impressive presence at ITB

Posted on 04/03/2007

Pursuing a comprehensive strategy to boost the tourism sector as a key segment of the economy, Abu Dhabi will make on 7-11 March 2007 a usual strong presence at ITB Berlin, a prime marketplace that's regarded as a driving force behind the world's tourism industry. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), said that promoting Abu Dhabi on world tourist markets and making its presence strongly felt on the world tourist map have always been among the ...  >>MORE

UAE ranked most attractive tourism spot in Mena

Posted on 02/03/2007

The UAE has the most attractive environments for developing the travel and tourism industry in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, according to the World Economic Forum's first ever Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report. On a global scale, Switzerland, Austria and Germany topped the ranking. The report, released on Thursday by the World Economic Forum, said Iceland, the United States, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom complete the top ten ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to feature at International Tourism Exchange ITB

Posted on 01/03/2007

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority have announced its participation in the International Tourism Exchange ITB, scheduled to be held in Berlin from the 7th-11th of March 2007. The Emirate of Sharjah will be participating at this key occasion for the tenth time after its accomplishments made during the 2006 event, where its stand drew record numbers from across the tourism industry. Officials state that its contribution to last year's event helped garner a greater number ...  >>MORE

RAK to attract 100,000 tourists by 2010

Posted on 15/02/2007

Ras Al Khaimah aims to quadruple the number of tourists it attracts to 100,000 by 2010 by becoming a regional leisure hub, a senior official said yesterday. Projects under development in the next two years are likely to reach Dh50 billion, said Izzat Dajani, the Chief Executive of the emirate's Investment and Development Office. Developers such as Abu Dhabi-listed RAK Properties and Egypt's Orascom are developing resorts aiming to attract tourists from Europe and the Middle East to the ...  >>MORE

Tourism contributes 18% to Dubai's GDP per year

Posted on 14/02/2007

The director of operations and marketing at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Mohammad Khamis Bin Hareb said that tourism contributes around 18 per cent of Dubai's direct gross domestic product and 29 per cent of its indirect GDP. He said this comes as a result of the tremendous efforts exerted by the government of Dubai in activating tourism. Bin Hareb made these remarks while speaking at an inaugural ceremony of a symposium for the promotion of tourism and real ...  >>MORE

Etihad Holidays launches dedicated Australia brochure

Posted on 14/02/2007

Etihad Holidays has launched an exciting new range of Australian holidays to complement the airline's start-up of non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Sydney from March 26.UAE visitors will be spoilt for choice from vibrant city breaks in Sydney and the cultural capital, Melbourne, to the delights of the Hunter Valley, the scenic wilderness of the Blue Mountains and the subtropical beaches and great shopping along Queensland's Gold Coast. Families can choose fun days out to theme parks including ...  >>MORE

Tourism Development & Investment Company, TDIC signs

Posted on 24/01/2007

Dh500 million credit facility with banking consortium Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the Abu Dhabi headquartered infrastructure development group, has signed its maiden credit facility with a banking syndicate comprising the UAE number one bank National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC. The finance is to be used to fund a series of major development projects within the UAE capital which are currently being master planned by TDIC, the name behind ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi vibrant with sports tourism

Posted on 22/01/2007

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is witnessing vibrancy in sports tourism , following numerous sports events that the emirate has been hosting throughout the month of January. These events which have attracted a myriad of spectators and fans locally and internationally, are being organized or sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, (DTA), the body overseeing the tourism sector in the emirate. While the ADTA is a major sponsor for the 18th Gulf Cup, it is the chief organizer of the Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

85,000 cruise ship travellers are expected in Dubai

Posted on 09/01/2007

Dubai aims to make itself a major regional hub for cruise liners over the next few years, officials have said. The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has said it is well on its way to making Dubai a major cruise ship destination, and is already targeting more than three times last year's traffic. "Dubai expects to receive 85,000 cruise passengers in 2007. The Dubai Cruise Terminal was used for 13 cruise stopovers with 13,000 passengers in 2005 and received 23,000 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourist Authority issues new English-language visitor map

Posted on 02/01/2007

The Abu Dhabi Tourist Authority has issued an illustrated interpretive tourist map in English providing all information necessary for the visitors, both tourists and businesspersons, to spot the emirate's key attractions. "the ADTA is keen to update its publicity materials specially those Abu Dhabi visitors heavily use, we also keen those materials are accurate and attractive enough as they are the first link between the visitor and the emirate" said ADTA Marketing Manager Ali Ahmed Al ...  >>MORE

Tourism sector set to grow by 22 percent

Posted on 13/12/2006

UAE's tourism sector is expected to grow by nearly 22 percent each in 2006, according to Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Economy. "The rapid economic growth in non-oil sectors would make the UAE one of the fastest growing economies. Tourism sector is expected to grow by 22 percent, compared with 2004. In that year, industrial sector witnessed a 22 percent surge," Sheikha Lubna said during a presentation given during the UAE-German joint committee meeting which started yesterday. The ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi eyes larger slice of golf tourism market

Posted on 11/12/2006

The travel, tourism and leisure sectors in Abu Dhabi are poised to seize a potentially large slice of the US$17.5 billion global industry in golf tourism. "In the US alone, golf contributes an estimated US$60 billion to the economy, which is around six per cent of GDP, while the global market for golf tourism is worth more than US$17.5 billion. As an international destination with a major European Tour event, world-class facilities and infrastructure, Abu Dhabi is perfectly placed to ...  >>MORE

UAE in top three of tourism

Posted on 13/11/2006

The UAE has emerged as the third-most promising rising star in global tourism, according to the second annual Country Brand Index (CBI) 2006. The survey, released at the World Travel Market in London recently, was conducted by FutureBrand, a global brand consultancy. China and Croatia emerged as the top two rising stars in the survey. While the UAE did not feature in the overall Top Country Brand, it was ranked number four in the Shopping Destination category, ninth in the Conferences ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to cement networks at WTM 2006, says Al Hosani

Posted on 06/11/2006

Abu Dhabi Emirate will participate in the 27th round of the renowned World Travel Market (WTM) which will kick off on Monday 6th November at ExCeL London. The Emirate is participating alongside a record breaking 5,600 travel industry firms, representing 202 countries and regions. Abu Dhabi will use the show to position itself in the global tourism landscape as a leading tourist destination. Staged annually in London under one roof, World Travel Market is business to business exhibition ...  >>MORE

Modernity and riveting deserts continue to beguile visitors in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/10/2006

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has continued to capture the imagination of its visitors with its enthralling blend of modernity and indigenous heritage, not to mention its riveting deserts. The Emirate has continued to beguile visitors and has maintained its leading position as a top global tourist destination. It has also gripped travel and tourism media attention, attracting over 230 media delegates from 15 nationalities to various events held in the emirate since the beginning of this year. Abu ...  >>MORE

RAK takes giant strides in tourism

Posted on 22/10/2006

Work is underway at an accelerated pace to promote Ras al-Khaimah (RAK) as a leading tourist destination in the region and enhance its profile as an international travel destination. The multi-dimensional plan, launched by the emirate's government, includes building a series of new hotels, expanding airport facilities and building a strong airline operator in the emirate, according to Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. Sheikh Saud said 50 more ...  >>MORE

Putting Dubai on the world stage

Posted on 18/10/2006

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) will participate in 28 overseas travel exhibitions and host 10 road shows in various parts of the world next year. DTCM said it wants to market Dubai as a year-round business and tourism destination. Four new exhibitions have been added to the calendar of exhibitions while road shows will be held for the first time in Turkey and Korea." The department is maintaining its aggressive promotional and marketing drive and exploring new ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi headlines top UK & German publications

Posted on 26/09/2006

In the past two months, Abu Dhabi has dominated the travel pages of the UK and German leading publications. The authentic Arabian flavour and culture of the emirate, combined with the recent announcement of new hotels and exciting developments, has maintained the media's interest and enthusiasm for Abu Dhabi as a leading leisure and business destination. Resulting from a press trip to Abu Dhabi earlier in the year, a three page feature appeared in the leading UK celebrity lifestyle, OK! ...  >>MORE

ADTA unveils ambitious plans to expand Golf tourism

Posted on 14/09/2006

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has unveiled an ambitious long-term plan to expand golf facilities as part of its efforts to boost golf tourism in the emirate. The move comes in the wake of the tremendous success of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Golf Championship which was held in January this year. "The First Abu Dhabi Golf Championship was a tremendous success. We are looking forward to an even greater success for Abu Dhabi Golf Tournament in 2007. We are now on the process of building ...  >>MORE

DTCM launch interactive electronic map of Dubai

Posted on 14/09/2006

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched a new interactive Electronic Map of Dubai on its hugely-popular website. The comprehensive website is presently available in English, Arabic, German, French, Spanish and Japanese languages. The website receives an average of 1.5 million hits a day, making it the most-popular web address for anything about the booming year-round business and leisure destination. Dubai's impressive portfolio of 409 hotels and hotel ...  >>MORE

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American tourist traffic set to grow


Abu Dhabi wins two major awards at WTA


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority partners with Conde Nast Traveller to launch 'The World of Luxury'


UAE now one of premier tourism destinations in MENA: ADTA


Segway targets 20,000 tourists on two-wheelers


Dubai tourism projects to reach Dh450b by 2018


UAE expats on global tourism radar


ADTA participation in Frankfurt show ends on positive note


Abu Dhabi tourism reaps benefits of open-door policy


Sharjah Tourism stand a hit in Moscow


UAE wins in tourism competitiveness


Sharjah wins award at Berlin tourism event


Giant cruise ship makes maiden call at Dubai


Abu Dhabi Tourism sector achieves 19% growth in 2006


UAE Embassy in Berlin holds reception in honour of national exhibitors at ITB


ADTA begins regulating Abu Dhabi's industry


Tourism earns Dh97b revenue


Abu Dhabi visitors reach 1.34m


Abu Dhabi makes plan for tourism growth


Record number of UAE firms will take part in top tourist expo


UAE tops region in tourism


Abu Dhabi talks impressive presence at ITB


UAE ranked most attractive tourism spot in Mena


Sharjah to feature at International Tourism Exchange ITB


RAK to attract 100,000 tourists by 2010


Tourism contributes 18% to Dubai's GDP per year


Etihad Holidays launches dedicated Australia brochure


Tourism Development & Investment Company, TDIC signs


Abu Dhabi vibrant with sports tourism


85,000 cruise ship travellers are expected in Dubai


Abu Dhabi Tourist Authority issues new English-language visitor map


Tourism sector set to grow by 22 percent


Abu Dhabi eyes larger slice of golf tourism market


UAE in top three of tourism


Abu Dhabi to cement networks at WTM 2006, says Al Hosani


Modernity and riveting deserts continue to beguile visitors in Abu Dhabi


RAK takes giant strides in tourism


Putting Dubai on the world stage


Abu Dhabi headlines top UK & German publications


ADTA unveils ambitious plans to expand Golf tourism


DTCM launch interactive electronic map of Dubai