Abu Dhabi - Mubasher: The number of Indian tourists visitng the emirate of Abu Dhabi increased to 227,000 during the period between January and July.
India is the second-largest overseas market for the UAE capital after China. In 2017, around 162 hotels and resorts in the emirate received more than 360,000, an increase of 11% compared to figures released for 2016, a recent report said.
"India is a vital tier one source market for us, which is providing more and more hotel guests for us each year. In 2017, we recorded spectacular double-digit growth from India and we are already recording further progress from the Indian market since the turn of the year," revealed Mubarak Al Nuaimi, director of promotions and overseas offices at the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi).
The number of Indian visitors to the emirate is expected to rise after the opening of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, an indoor amusement park in the emirate. The park is owned and developed by Miral Asset Management at a total cost of $1 billion.
It is worth noting that DCT Abu Dhabi will begin a three-city roadshow to India, which will take place between 17 and 21 September. Through the roadshow, the DCT aims to attract and encourage more Indian visitors to explore Abu Dhabi.
The delegation will include the UAE’s national carrier Etihad Airways, as well as Jet Airways, Yas Experiences, Dusit Thani, Royal Arabian, Air Travel Enterprise, Sofitel, and Rotana.
"Our year-on-year performance has witnessed stupendous growth and this has been possible because of the impressive work done by our trade partners. These roadshows have helped our stakeholders to connect with the regional trade partners, further boosting tourism to the emirate," Bejan Dinshaw, country manager for India at DCT Abu Dhabi, said.