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Indians love an Arab holiday

Indian travellers are in awe of Abu Dhabi's old-world charm and modern architecture Indian travellers are quite fascinated with Abu Dhabi, UAE as a tourist destination.

travel Updated: Mar 01, 2012 18:49 IST
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Indian travellers are in awe of Abu Dhabi's old-world charm and modern architecture Indian travellers are quite fascinated with Abu Dhabi, UAE as a tourist destination. A new data has revealed that India sustained its ranking as the second-largest international source market for Abu Dhabi's hotels after the United Kingdom. 

If the recent figures are something to go by, more and more Indians are planning an Arab holiday. Hotel guests from India to the UAE capital registered 45% rise to 10,924, delivering 37,559 guest nights, which was up 17% month-on-month, according to the latest figures released by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (ADTCA).

The number of guests at Abu Dhabi's 127 hotels, hotel apartments and resorts rose by 29% in January this year as compared to January, last year, it said.

"We are hopeful of further improving on arrivals from India, having recently hosted a major inbound familiarisation trip for a delegation from the Travel Agents Association of India, staged a five-city road show throughout the republic and completed a highly successful showing at the SATTE travel fair in New Delhi," said Mubarak Al Muhairi of ADTCA.

Places such as Khalifa Park, Old Airport Garden, Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Heritage Village are all popular tourist destinations of Abu Dhabi. Last month some 198,139 guests stayed there, with the number of guest nights also rising, this time by 20% to 571,672.

The hospitality business is booming for sure. The combined revenue for Abu Dhabi's hotels is USD 111 million, which is 11% more as compared to January 2011. The food and beverage revenue has also risen by 18% than last year, and is now USD 42.3 million.

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