Abu Dhabi effects major cut in hotel and restaurant fees to woo tourists

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The reduction in fees for Abu Dhabi hotels will come into effect from September 1 onwards. Photo: IANS

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi government has decided to slash fees for hotels and restaurants with an eye on boosting tourism in a major way.

The reduction in fees will come into effect from September 1 onwards.

The Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi (DCT-Abu Dhabi), lowered the tourism fee levied from guests to four per cent from six.

The 15-dirham municipality fee charged for a single room one-night stay was completely withdrawn. Likewise, the tourism fee and the municipality fee imposed on restaurants were entirely taken away. However, the municipal fee part of the hotel bill will remain at 4%.

With the reduction in government fees, the hotel room charges for guests will reflect a substantial fall.

The measures are aimed at wooing more tourists to the emirate and making it tourism-friendly, thereby bolstering the continued growth of the hospitality and tourism sector.

This year, Abu Dhabi is expecting a footfall of 2.4 crore tourists. It had earlier signed an aviation pact with Europe to facilitate the arrival of more tourists to the region.

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