In an attempt to increase tourism in Abu Dhabi, the Emirate’s Department of Culture and Tourism not only cancelled one fee but also reduced few others.
As part of the Abu Dhabi government’s high velocity programme ‘Ghadan 21’, the push by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi will see a decline in tourism and municipality fees for hotels in Abu Dhabi, indemnity of long-term hotel guests and visitors from daily municipality fees, as well as a growth in investments for alluring tourists and further encouraging Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure, tourist attractions and events.
The depletion of tourism and municipality fee is presumed to increase available capital for hotels by Dh1 billion over the next three years.
To give hotel owners approach to more capital to reinvest in their businesses and growth, DCT Abu Dhabi is enforcing an array of fee cutback, which includes lowering the tourism and municipality fees for hotels in Abu Dhabi from 10% to 5.5%.
It is also decreasing the daily municipality fee from Dh15 to Dh10 for each hotel room, and shedding all tourism and municipality fees on any tourist attraction tickets which are sold by the hotels.
DCT Abu Dhabi also declared that long-term visitors in hotels, i.e. who stays for 30 or more consecutive nights, would be excluded from the daily municipality fee to inspire elongated stays at hotels. It would also change the frequency of fee collection from monthly to semi-annually, allowing hotel owners an access to more capital to help with ongoing improvements and the quality of their offerings.
Saif Saeed Ghobash, Under-Secretary at DCT Abu Dhabi stated that the drive will inspire local, regional, and international tourism investment within the Emirate and also help in strengthening Abu Dhabi’s position as a global tourist destination.
Ghobash stated that the initiatives’ focus is to boost the relationship between the government and private sector.