The dedicated efforts of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to increase the numbers of tourists from India, has got off to a promising start when several hundred Mumbaikars witnessed the opening of the first Abu Dhabi Week in India.
The exposition, which will run from Friday to Sunday at Mumbai’s sprawling MMRDA grounds, BKC will feature a collection of Abu Dhabi’s tourist and cultural attractions, which the organisers believe will encourage more Indians to consider the emirate as a holiday destination.
Before declaring the opening of the weekend festival, Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director of Promotions and Overseas Offices at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi addressed media, members of the travel trade and distinguished invitees , and said that during the first eight months of 2017, Abu Dhabi had seen a 9 per cent increase in hotel occupancy by Indian guests.
A total of 223,000 guests from India stayed in hotels in Abu Dhabi for an average of 2.8 days during this period, he added. In a pre-event statement reflecting the increasing potential of India for the Abu Dhabi tourism sector, Mubarak Al Nuaimi said: “India is a key tier-one priority for Abu Dhabi, and it represents our second-largest international source market for hotel guests.”
“Apart from positioning the emirate as a holiday destination, we will also underline the message that Abu Dhabi is an ideal business location for the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, MICE, industry, with a superb selection of venues for delegations from India,” he added.
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