TCA targets Japan, Korea tourists
Abu Dhabi, June 3, 2013
Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry will conduct road shows in Japan and Korea this month, aimed at expanding its tourism proposition to the Far East.
An 11-member delegation comprising of transport, hotel and resort operators, Mice facilities and destination management companies, will be led by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
The dual country push comes as Abu Dhabi receives more Japanese and Korean hotel guests than ever before. In the first four months of this year, 4,450 Japanese checked into the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments, a 10 per cent increase on the same period last year, said a statement.
As many as 5,059 Koreans stayed in the emirate’s accommodation from January to April this year, a 35 per cent leap on the same period in 2012.
“Travellers from both countries now have good air access to the emirate with Etihad Airways operating 12 flights a week from Japan and seven from Korea to Abu Dhabi International Airport,” said Mubarak Al Nuaimi, director, promotions and overseas offices, TCA Abu Dhabi.
Tailored products are being offered by companies, for both the independent leisure traveller and those on group business.
“We currently operate a Japanese language Abu Dhabi city tour three days a week and from October 1 this year we will increase this to five a week,” said Leila Dias, business development manager, Destination Management Company Arabian Adventures. “We have also negotiated specific requirements with some hotels to provide 24 hour check-in, check-out facilities thereby reducing the cost of packages for transit passengers.” - TradeArabia News Service