Abu Dhabi aims to attract GCC tourists

13/04/2011 - Northern Emirates Property & Investment News Posted by Neil King
Abu Dhabi aims to attract GCC tourists

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) is hoping to attract as many Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) tourists as possible after May's Arabian Travel Market, boosting the economy in the emirate.According to Mubarak Al Nuaimi, international promotions manager at the ADTA, travellers from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait accounted for over 102,000 hotel guests in Abu Dhabi last year, a 19 per cent increase on the year before.Now, the emirate plans to increase these visitor numbers even further using its appearance at the Dubai event."The GCC market is extremely important to us because it is a market on our doorstep characterised by a strong propensity for travel," Mr Al Nuaimi said, adding that in the first two months of 2011 there was a 14 per cent rise in GCC hotel guests on the same period in 2010, with Saudi Arabian tourists "proving the most prolific".This will be Abu Dhabi's eighth year showing at the ATM and the ADTA says it will highlight the region as a great short-break destination for families.