The Executive Committee of Abu Dhabi Executive Council has approved the reduction of tourism fees from 6 per cent to 3.5 per cent and municipality fees from 4 per cent to 2 per cent.
“The Executive Council’s decision to adopt the proposal, put forward by the Department of Culture and Tourism- Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), to reduce tourism and municipality fees will enhance the emirate’s international tourism competitiveness by strengthening Abu Dhabi’s value proposition, and by encouraging investments in the hospitality and tourism sectors,” said Mohammad Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi.
He added that Abu Dhabi’s hotel establishments would record high occupancy rates compared to regional and global tourism markets.
The move comes two days after Dubai announced the reduction of service charges at hotels from 10 per cent to 7 per cent, which is aimed at attracting more tourists and increase hotels’ profitability.
Having welcomed 16 million visitors last year, Dubai aims to receive 20 million visitors by 2020 as it gears up to host the World Expo.
The Abu Dhabi announcement comes as the emirate looks forward to boost the tourism, infrastructure and retail sectors.
Abu Dhabi already has a number of tourist spots like Shaikh Zayed Mosque and the Louvre Museum on Saadiyat Island. The opening of Warner Bros project in the coming days is expected to give a further impetus to tourist arrivals there.
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