The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) recently held a second series of workshops, which form part of the rollout for the ‘Ghadan 21’ Government accelerator programme.
Welcoming leaders from all of the UAE capital’s hotels, the workshops informed of the application of new rules regarding the collection of reduced municipality fees and tourism fees – an initiative to boost the appeal of the emirate for overseas visitors.
Under the new rules, tourism fees for hotels and restaurants have been reduced from six per cent to 3.5 per cent; municipality fees for hotels and restaurants from four per cent to two per cent; and daily municipality fees for each hotel room from $4.08 to $2.72.
Adding to this, the recent workshops covered the scope of the new system’s application, and DCT Abu Dhabi employees answered questions on its implementation and the mechanism and rules for compensating all hotel and tourism establishments for the transitional period in applying the new fees.
Organised by DCT Abu Dhabi, the workshops are part of a wider programme of support for the hospitality industry in Abu Dhabi, which includes regular Industry Development Committee meetings, thus offering stakeholders a platform to coordinate strategically across the emirate.
Executive director support services sector, DCT Abu Dhabi, HE Saood Al Hosani commented: “The reduction of tourism and municipality fees is intended to enhance the emirate’s international tourism competitiveness by strengthening Abu Dhabi’s value proposition, and encourage further investment in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
“These workshops are crucial in keeping our valued stakeholders fully informed of the new procedures and requirements for the new fees, as we work towards achieving our ultimate vision to strengthen the emirate’s position as the preferred destination for tourists from across the region and beyond,” he added.
The reduction in fees forms part the Abu Dhabi Government’s accelerator programme, ‘Ghadan 21’, which aims to make Abu Dhabi one of the best places in the world to do business, invest, live, work and visit. The tourism and municipality fee reductions are estimated to increase available capital for hotels by approximately $272.3 million over the coming three years.