Abu Dhabi hotel stays to cost more
Guests staying at Abu Dhabi hotels will now have to pay new fees starting June 1, authorities announced Sunday, according to the UAE’s official news agency WAM.
The announcement was made by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). The new fees include a payment of four per cent on the value of the whole bill, in addition to AED15 per night, per room.
Hotels and other tourist facilities have been officially notified to implement the new fees and have been given directions to separate municipal fees from tourism fees in their financial records.
According to the municipality, the fees will be used to aid the sustainable development of the Abu Dhabi tourism infrastructure and to enhance the level of services offered and the overall customer experience at the capitals’ hotels.
Dubai introduced similar fees roughly two years ago and, as expected, the move did not result in a huge impact on hotels’ revenue levels or guest bookings.
The Abu Dhabi City municipality expects a similar outcome this time around, stating that the fees are “minimal and will not constitute a financial burden on hotel guests, given that the hotel charge per night in the emirate is the least compared [with those in] regional markets,” WAM reported.