ABU DHABI, A UAE newspaper has said that the naming of the Abu Dhabi International Airport as the winner of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the second year in a row, by the Airports Council International at its annual Airport Service Quality, ASQ, Awards is a high accolade and comes as a well-deserved recognition.
“The ASQ is the only worldwide programme to survey passengers at the airport on their day of travel. The programme measures passengers’ views of 34 key performance indicators,” said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Monday.
“On another front, the Department of Culture and Tourism � Abu Dhabi picked up the award for the ‘Best Stand in Middle East Region’ at ITB Berlin in Germany for its pavilion featuring the best of the emirate’s attractions and hotels.
“DCT Abu Dhabi was joined by 48 partners and stakeholders between the 7th and 11th March, including Etihad Airways, along with leading hotels, destination management companies, tour operators and key attractions from across all three regions,” the paper explained.
“Tourism figures reflect the huge popularity of the emirate. The number of hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi during January rose 7.4% versus the same month a year ago, building on the success of a record-breaking 2017 when close to a total of five million people stayed in the emirate.
“In total, 437,228 hotel guests stayed in the emirate’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments during January, up more than 30,000 over the previous year, as per figures disclosed by DCT-Abu Dhabi.
“Interestingly, multiple countries provided double-digit year-on-year growth in January, notably China (10.7%), India (31.5%), UK (19.1%), Saudi Arabia (15.4%) and the United States (36.1%).
“Technology increasingly runs the world. In order to make the emirate easier to navigate for visitors, while promoting Abu Dhabi’s cultural and heritage sites and providing the latest information, DCT Abu Dhabi recently launched its new digital initiative ‘Abu Dhabi Culture’,” added the editorial.
“This digital platform provides a single and comprehensive point of reference for all of the emirate’s cultural assets, allowing users instant access to information, itineraries and video content,” it said.
“The capital’s expanding portfolio of attractions, including Louvre Abu Dhabi and the soon to be opened Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park, are sure to attract more visitors,” concluded the Sharjah-based daily.
Source: Emirates News Agency