The Louvre opening witnessed growth from new key markets. HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi talks about increasing tourist arrivals.
Q) How has Abu Dhabi fared in terms of visitor numbers after the launch of Louvre?
The opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017 was a key driver of tourism growth last year, with nearly 9.8 per cent more people visiting Abu Dhabi in 2017 as compared to the previous year.
Q) After the ease of visa facility for Chinese and Russians, what are the trends in tourism trade in Abu Dhabi?
With the recent lift of visa restrictions, we have witnessed an upsurge into the emirate from China and Russia, two of our top source markets. China is now the leading overseas source market for Abu Dhabi hotel guests, with an increase of 83.6 per cent in February compared to the same period in 2017. DCT – Abu Dhabi is targeting 600,000 Chinese hotel guests a year by 2021. From January to August 2017, Russian hotel guests jumped by 49 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.
Q) What will your focus at ATM?
Our participation at this year’s ATM along with our partners, will serve to further reaffirm Abu Dhabi’s position as a destination of distinction built on unique experiences and rich heritage. We will be showcasing diverse offerings across all three regions of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra, with stand visitors getting the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on experience of the emirate.