Abu Dhabi expects 4,50,000 cruise travellers by 2020

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The cruise tourism industry of Abu Dhabi has been predicted to grow by 10.5% annually, luring about 4,50,000 cruise tourists within the year 2020. It also targets to attract more than 8,08,000 cruise passengers in 2025.

The figure marks a leap from the 2,50,000 cruise travellers who are expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi in the holiday season that would last till June 2017.

A report published by Oxford Economics that was commissioned by Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) of Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Ports said that the total expenditure from the cruise sector would reach about Dh417 million within 2020.

The figures mark a 71% rise from Dh244 million that was spent in 2015, with this figure expected to rise to Dh745 million by 2025.

Saeed Al Daheri, Cruise Development and City Tour Manager at Abu Dhabi’s TCA had declared that Europe is responsible for about 39% of passengers who arrive at the ports of Abu Dhabi. Germany tops the list when it comes to Europe.

Daheri said that they have started heading to India and China as these two nations would be their priorities in the following years. He had also mentioned that they have started hosting road shows in various places to promote Abu Dhabi and that they have been to three cities in China and also three cities in India. They are planning to participate in similar events for promotional campaigns.