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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

Abu Dhabi travel sector limps back to normalcy

Posted on 10/03/2002

Hit by recession and the September 11 effects, Abu Dhabi's travel and tourism industry is limping back to normalcy, even as efforts are on to infuse professionalism and fair play. Majority of the 190 travel agencies making up the Travel and Tourism Agencies Committee (TTAC), set up last year, are making concerted efforts to give the trade a boost and adhere to prescribed norms. John Roucos, secretary general said, after the committee's first annual meeting, that the travel trade in Abu ...  >>MORE

RAK heads for big tourism boom

Posted on 06/03/2002

A multi-million dirham deal has been struck in Ras Al Khaimah to promote the emirate's hospitality and leisure industry. The Dubai-based Hydroturf International has been awarded a contract to build and operate the UAE's second 18-hole golf course. Construction will start this month, and it will be the first of its kind in Ras Al Khaimah. It is expected that the golf course, which will be ready by early next year, is going to increase the number of visitors to the northern emirate. The ...  >>MORE

Dubai visit visa rules relaxed for tourist season

Posted on 28/02/2002

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department announced on 25 February that ‘it will relax visit visa rules for the tourism season'. Director of the Department Colonel Saeed Matar bin Bleilah said ‘the applicant must have held a Dubai residence visa for at least one year and must earn a salary of Dh5, 000 ($1,800). Each resident may apply for any number of visit visas for his family, and each member of the family will be entitled to a coupon that will go into a draw for the daily prize ...  >>MORE

DTCM calls for joint public & private sector efforts to promote barrier-free tourism

Posted on 26/02/2002

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) called for increased efforts from public and private sector organizations to focus on creating and promoting a barrier-free environment for the disabled and elderly tourism market segment. Senior public and private sector officials attended the meeting held at the DTCM Head Office in Dubai. DTCM Deputy Manager Events, Marwan bin Beyat who chaired the meeting said, "Tourism must be for all and moreover it should be barrier-free so ...  >>MORE

Dubai hotels attract more GCC travellers

Posted on 21/02/2002

Dubai's hotels received more than 771,000 guests from the GCC during 2000, registering a growth of 18.53 per cent, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). DTCM is running an advertising campaign to target the spontaneous GCC traveller ahead of Eid holidays and DSF 2002. Dubai's advertisements are appearing in Arabic and English publications across the Gulf. The media plan covers leading publications in the GCC with 16 colour insertions, while the spring campaign ...  >>MORE

Dubai e-Govt, DTCM to extend e-services to hospitality industry

Posted on 14/02/2002

Dubai e-Government in co-ordination with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has extended the reach of its e-services to the hospitality industry in the UAE. A group of representatives from the hotel and tourism sector were recently briefed extensively on the e-Government services that are focused on creating an enhanced atmosphere for visitors to Dubai, through the use of technology. The presentation was part of a programme organised by DTCM to target the tourism ...  >>MORE

Web map of Abu Dhabi launched

Posted on 14/02/2002

An interactive Internet map Geo Reference System (GRL) for Abu Dhabi was launched on 11 February by MAPS geosystems. The site http://www.abudhabiLocator.com offers detailed maps for Abu Dhabi City. Another locator for the UAE called http://www.uaeLocator.com , provides an overview of locations in the UAE. The GRL for Dubai, >>MORE

Abu Dhabi National Hotels plans major expansion

Posted on 29/12/2001

As part of its expansion strategy, Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) is opening three hotels in Abu Dhabi by the middle of next year, with plans to manage other hotels in the UAE, a top company official confirmed. Meanwhile, ADNH Compass Middle East LLC has acquired a 52 per cent stake in Egypt's Quality Foods in a deal valued at $500,000 (Dh1.835 million). It has also signed a contract for managing a Burger King unit at the U.S. naval base in Bahrain, a top company official told Gulf News. ...  >>MORE

Tourism to get boost in Sharjah

Posted on 26/12/2001

Sharjah is in the process of developing a new tourism strategy for 2002 aimed at presenting the emirate as a tourist destination in its own right. This will be the focus of the recently instituted Sharjah Tourism Advisory Committee, established under the auspices of the Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), as per an official release. The panel, which includes representatives from all entities in the emirate dealing with tourism including Sharjah Airport Authority, ...  >>MORE

US$122m Abu Dhabi tourism firm formed

Posted on 24/12/2001

The Abu Dhabi Government has set up a company with a capital of Dh450 million (US$122 million) to promote tourism projects in the emirate. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has issued a decree creating the company under the name 'The Emirates Corp for Tourism Investment - Al Raha Hotel and Resort'. The autonomous company, to operate on a commercial basis, will be based in Abu Dhabi and is ...  >>MORE

UAE-Spain tourism venture formed

Posted on 23/12/2001

An agreement on promoting tourism, investing in major tourist projects, and offering real estate purchase services between the UAE and Spain has been signed between Nawaf International Est and FGR International SA, a Spanish holding company with interests in the Gulf. The agreement was signed by Sheikh Faisal bin Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, chairman of Sharjah-based Nawaf International; and Luis Fernandez Reyes, FGR chairman. According to the agreement, the two parties will invest ...  >>MORE

New version of Mohammed web portal a 'bridge between Japan and the UAE'

Posted on 23/12/2001

In an effort to take the UAE closer to Japan and its people, the Japanese version of http://www.sheikhmohammed.co.ae, the web portal based on the vision of Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was launched on Saturday. According to the figures from Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, more than 25,000 Japanese tourists visited the country in ...  >>MORE

Tourist arrivals in Sharjah up 70.4pc

Posted on 19/12/2001

Tourist inflows to Sharjah soared 70.4 per cent to 743,500 last year, according to statistics issued by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority. The jump is in line with the government's stated intention of basing one of its primary economic pillars on tourism, as cited in a recent issue of Al Tijarah, the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry magazine. The data revealed guests spent over 532,700 hotel nights, up 30 per cent over the previous year. Average room occupancy ...  >>MORE

Dubai attractions get prime-time slot on British TV

Posted on 06/11/2001

Dubai's attractions as a tourist destination will be aired to a prime time audience of more than 26 million viewers across the UK, following the successful completion of a familiarisation visit hosted by the Government of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The Dubai feature will form part of the 7th holiday series Pacio that is produced by HTV for Channel-4 in Wales (S4C) in Welsh. It will also be broadcast on S4C Sky digital for the UK viewers in English. "A ...  >>MORE

Dubai launches hardsell with CNN Campaign

Posted on 05/11/2001

The Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Dubai Duty Free has joined hands to promote Dubai as a "Cultural Voyage” by roping in CNN International to run a TV campaign. Million of TV viewers worldwide are about to discover the cultural attractions of Dubai as a result of a campaign to run on CNN International. The TV campaign which takes the viewer on a cultural voyage of Dubai commenced broadcasting on CNN International on Sunday. Expected to reach 241 million viewers in Europe, Africa, Asia, ...  >>MORE

Tourists spend 30 pc of budget on shopping - DCCI

Posted on 22/10/2001

A tourist on visit spends 30 per cent of his budget on hotels, 29.4 per cent on shopping, 25.2 per cent on transportation and 13.4 per cent on restaurants, according to statistics quoted by a report in Business in Dubai a monthly publication of by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. According to the report, one room in a hotel in a country such as India creates about 20.5 job opportunities, including 2.5 job opportunities in hotels and 18 in other sectors related to hotels sector the ...  >>MORE

Zayed tours Al Ain tourist attractions

Posted on 22/10/2001

The President, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, toured today a number of tourist landmarks in Al Ain, including Mibzara area and Al Ain Al Faidah. The president inspected the progress of work on urban development projects and met with citizens to get assure of their conditions. The citizens expressed their delight at meeting the President and prayed Almighty Allah to grant him good health and long life. Folklore Troupes performed traditional dances in honour of the President. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Sharjah says summer tourist campaign a great success

Posted on 25/09/2001

The summer tourism campaign launched by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) was a big success, attracting larger numbers of tourists from the UAE and neighbouring countries. The campaign, "Where Else but Sharjah", was launched in June to create awareness about what Sharjah has to offer. Last year's summer campaign, "Did You Know", dwelt on specific places to visit. But this year it emphasised Sharjah as a city and tourist destination. Sharjah has all the ...  >>MORE

DTCM efforts pay off in making Dubai year-round destination

Posted on 01/09/2001

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has been making efforts to extend Dubai's tourism season and these efforts are being reflected in the increase in the number of tourists to the emirate. "We (the DTCM) have been working year-round to extend Dubai's tourism season for the past several years and there are strong indications that this effort is bearing fruit. Clearly, Dubai has matured as a year round destination and a series of marketing initiatives by the department ensure ...  >>MORE

Dubai cruise sector bullish growth

Posted on 18/08/2001

Cruise tourism in Dubai has witnessed a phenomenal growth during the last four years and with state-of-the-art cruise terminal in operation, it is poised to grow further. Dubai's cruise sector, which began in the mid-1990s, is still in its infancy. In 1997, the emirate began to regulate this industry through the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM, by adding and upgrading facilities such as easing visa regulations for cruise passengers and building new cruise terminal at Port ...  >>MORE

DNRD sets up office for tourism coordination

Posted on 29/07/2001

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department has established a tourism coordination office to facilitate the procedures of travel agencies, tourism companies and hotels in the emirate. The tourism coordination office will also serve as a liaison between the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and the DNRD. The new office would handle the applications of tourism companies and hotels and facilitate the processing of their documents "which will save lots of time and effort." The ...  >>MORE

Fujairah move to attract more tourists

Posted on 22/07/2001

The Fujairah Tourism Bureau has drawn up plans to attract a large number of Russian and German tourists to the East Coast. A source from the Fujairah Tourism Bureau said that the new five-star hotels being built, coupled with the existing ones, will help draw more than 150,000 tourists a year. The bureau is planning to arrange several programmes and special activities to attract them to the emirate. In October 2000, a high ranking team from the bureau took part in an exhibition in Moscow. Last ...  >>MORE

Emirates Holidays 'best tour operator'

Posted on 01/07/2001

Tourism Malaysia, the tourism promotion body of Malaysia, has named Emirates Holidays as the best Foreign Tour Operator from the Middle East and Africa region in its Tourism Awards 2000 scheme - in the face of stiff competition from rivals. In total, 33 of the coveted awards in 11 categories were presented at a gala evening for 1,000 people in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month. They are the country's major accolades for individuals and organisations contributing to the tourism industry. A panel ...  >>MORE

Dubai leads the way in Gulf tourism

Posted on 17/06/2001

Tourism made up 14 per cent of Bahrain's GDP, 15 per cent of the UAE's non-oil income and only 0.5 per cent of Qatar's GDP. But times are changing. Dubai still lead the charge, but Bahrain is making its move and Qatar is developing, says a report in Business Middle East. Tourism development in the UAE is reaching levels that were unimaginable five years ago and Dubai is the leading emirate, says Dream Destination. Based on visa applications, Dubai welcomed 3.3 million tourists last year and ...  >>MORE

UAE’s longest cave in the making

Posted on 02/06/2001

A retired army Lieutenant Colonel from Masafi is excavating what he claims is the UAE's longest cave as part of a personal project to attract tourists. Ali Khamis Al Mehrizi, a 43-year-old national, told Gulf News that he hoped tourists would find the new man-made cave an attractive destination. "We have completed 20 per cent of the excavation work which will be 1,000 feet long in the first phase. The second phase is to extend it to 2,000 feet," Al Mehrizi said. He plans to have his cave ...  >>MORE

Unique Dubai Card launched in Geneva

Posted on 02/06/2001

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai government, in conjunction with Emirates Loyalty Company, introduced the world's first destination loyalty programme backed by a tourism authority in Geneva on Thursday. Identified simply as the 'Dubai Card,' it is a smart card-based loyalty programme offered exclusively for visitors to Dubai, an ideal value-added tool for business or leisure travellers alike. The Dubai Card gives back a slice of all that visitors spend in a day ...  >>MORE

UAE tops in ‘healthy’ destinations

Posted on 15/05/2001

The UAE is one of only two countries to be given a clean bill of health in a survey of holiday illnesses by a leading British consumer magazine. The report in the latest issue of Holiday Which? found 11 per cent of the 25, 235 people surveyed fell ill during their vacation, with upset stomachs being the most common ailment. But the UAE and Sweden were found to be the safest destinations with no visitor to either country reporting any type of illness. Dubai tourism chief Khalid bin Sulayem, said ...  >>MORE

RAK to take steps to boost tourism

Posted on 01/05/2001

The new Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Department will carry out a survey of tourist destinations and heritage sites in the emirate to make a website for them. Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, said that the department would also make programmes to improve tourism in the emirate. They would be in line with the Emiri Decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, who transferred responsibility for ...  >>MORE

UAE wins laurels at 'Travel Oscar'

Posted on 10/03/2001

UAE WINS LAURELS AT 'TRAVEL OSCAR' The world's 'Travel Oscar', as the annual award given by Germany's premier tourism magazine Globo is known, has been won again by United Arab Emirates in two principal categories - Best holiday destination and Best shopping destination. The annual awards are decided by a poll conducted by the Munich magazine with a large sample of its readers, most of them prominent people in the business and seasoned tourists. The awards were received on behalf of the ...  >>MORE

DTCM to offer instant online reservations

Posted on 22/01/2001

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM, has announced that staff of the Welcome Bureau at the Dubai International Airport and the Tourist Information Centre in Beniyas Square will now offer walk-in visitors with the facility of getting instant online hotel reservations. Announcing the initiative, the DTCM Director General Khalid A. bin Sulayem said that the visitor simply had to indicate his or her preferences in terms of location, price range and amenities required. The DTCM ...  >>MORE

Fujairah tourism investment touches Dh300 million

Posted on 21/01/2001

Total investment in Fujairah's tourism sector reached Dh 300 million last year and is expected to go up in 2001, a senior tourist official said. Sheikh Saeed Al Sharqi, Chairman of Fujairah Tourism Office, said that 210,000 holiday makers had visited the emirate in 2000, recording a growth of 24 per cent over 1999. "Of the total, 60,000 were foreign visitors and the percentage is expected to increase due to the construction of new hotels and resorts,” Sheikh Saeed said in an interview with ‘Al ...  >>MORE

DTCM begins new campaign to attract foreign tourists

Posted on 13/01/2001

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has begun its 2001 campaign to attract tourists to Dubai. A DTCM delegation is taking part in the Vakantiebeurs consumer travel fair in the Netherlands from January 9 to 14. DTCM Director-General Khalid bin Sulayem said, "Vakantiebeurs is the largest travel and tourism event in the Netherlands and attracts both travel professionals as well as consumers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg." Alpha Tours, Emirates airline, Golden ...  >>MORE

Capital tourism projects at Dh2.2 billion

Posted on 02/01/2001

New tourism projects implemented in Abu Dhabi in 2000 are estimated at Dh2.2 billion.. According to sources in the tourism industry, this year, tourism related investment surpassed that in previous years. Three massive projects were launched -one for the Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company at a total cost of Dh 700 million, another for the Rotana Hotel Group at a total cost of Dh 1.2 billion and a third, Marina Trade Centre, costing Dh280 million, the report said. The first project involved ...  >>MORE

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