UAE place its bets on tourism from China

by Welcome Chinese

categories Certification Certifications Destinations

tags Abu Dhabi Dubai Emirates Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche tourism travel UAE Welcome Chinese 


Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche, a 4-star property opened in 2014 situated near the beautiful Corniche in downtown Abu Dhabi, is the latest hotel that received the Welcome Chinese Certification – Gold level – within the UAE. There are currently 30 4-5 star hotels within the Emirates that have applied for and gained the Certification.

AGGRESSIVE PROJECTIONS - The efforts of UAE hospitality businesses to attract Chinese tourists shouldn’t come as a surprise. A few weeks ago, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) revealed that Abu Dhabi plans on targeting 600,000 Chinese travelers a year by 2021, a 265% increase on the 163,935 guests who stayed in the emirate’s hotels during the first nine months of 2016. Saif Ghobash, the director general at TCA Abu Dhabi, said that “We seek to keep pace with the increasing demand for overseas vacations in the Chinese market by providing highly tailored programs that cater to the needs of Chinese travelers."

NEXT STEP: EASIER VISAS - According to the China National Tourism Administration, the Chinese outbound market is expected to grow to over 177 million by 2020. Currently UAE receives 450,000 travelers from China, mostly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, even if the total amount of foreign visitors reached 14.2 million in 2015. In September, the government announced that the introduction of a visa on arrival will be considered for Chinese visitors.

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Commented by Bill Frankish, 29.08.2017

We at the Candlewood Suites Calgary Airport North, closely located to the Calgary airport YYC, have been certified by the China Tourism Academy as having reached the JADE STANDARD of "Welcome Chinese" Certification. As such we greet each guest with a special Welcome envelope with Chinese information on our extended stay hotel. Guests receive slippers, tea, and have access to kettles and rice cookers at no charge. Some items are available in our little convenience store called The Cupboard, and there is a Chinese Super Market about 2 kilometers away which has a full selection of food items, commonly found in China, including live fish. Also at the same shopping area, an authentic Chinese Restaurant called The T. Pot , China Bistro From our location we have easy access to main highways to take you to Banff National Park, or the Royal Tyrrell Museum, an excellent Dinosaur museum. Candlewood Suites is an excellent location with cooking facilities which provides a great home base as you travel to various attractions in the area.