Abu Dhabi Making Chinese Business Travelers, Tourists Key Priority Following Reports That UAE Will Be Given Approved Destination Status
News that ties between China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are deepening are not new, but until now the seven emirates have not been a major destination for Chinese tourists or business travelers. Although this has changed in recent years, at least on the business side — as Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular have drawn thousands of these travelers as commercial __ have deepened — Chinese tourists have had a difficult time procuring visas.
That may change now, according to reports that the UAE will soon be appointed as an approved destination by the Chinese government. This should open new doors for waves of Chinese tour groups to head westward, and Abu Dhabi’s tourism department will, undoubtedly, be waiting for these free-spending groups with open arms. Already the Abu Dhabi authorities have begun to promote the emirate in China:
The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, a participant of the two-day China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition, that ended in Beijing on Thursday, will establish dedicated MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) divisions in its three offices established over a year ago in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Abu Dhabi will also appear at the China International Travel Mart in November in Kunming.
“China is going to play a significant role in Abu Dhabi, reaching its goal of attracting 2.3 million hotel guests by 2012’s end,” says Dayne Lim, product development director of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. “As China is also now a leading world manufacturing powerhouse we will also be looking to increase awareness of Abu Dhabi as a business tourism destination.”