Business tourism in Abu Dhabi is expected to grow by 15 per cent over the course of this year to 1.5 million, the region's Tourism Authority (ADTA) has claimed.
ADTA estimates that last year, travel for business as a percentage of Abu Dhabi hotel guests was 72 per cent or approximately 1.3 million of the 1.8 million who stayed in the emirate's 115 hotels and hotel apartments.
"Business related tourism will continue to deliver the lion's share of demand in 2011 growing to 1.5 million hotel guests," said Lawrence Franklin, director of strategy and policy at the body.
The forecast comes just before the start of the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings exhibition which is due to take place at Abu Dhabi's National Exhibition Centre from March 28th to 30th.
Earlier this week, ABTA revealed that occupancy rates in Abu Dhabi's 115 hotels and hotel apartments enjoyed five per cent growth in January, compared to the same month in 2010.