Australian visitors to Abu Dhabi rise in 2014

The number of Australians staying in hotels in Abu Dhabi rose to almost 17,000 in the first five months of 2014, according to figures released by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) today. This was 8 per cent higher than the figure in the same period of 2013.

“In all, the Australians delivered 62,187 guest nights – a 15 per cent year-on-year upswing and stayed, on average, 3.67 nights – which is up 7 per cent on last year,” the TCA Abu Dhabi said.

Yas Island, the location of the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is one of the main attractions, says Yas Island Destination Management director Clive Dwyer. About 30,000 Australians visit Yas Island annually

“This stems from a strong interest in sporting events and activities, such as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Yas Links Abu Dhabi golf course, as well as from Yas Island’s world-renowned theme parks – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi,” he said.

The Yas Mall opens later this year.

A nine-strong industry delegation, led by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and including Etihad Airways, DMCs, hoteliers, tour operators and Yas Island, will be in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from July 29-31, training retail travel agents and MICE consultants on the latest destination offerings.

TCA Abu Dhabi is organising a visit by representatives of Abu Dhabi’s retail, leisure and hospitality sectors to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on 29-31 July.