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Abu Dhabi to see 265 percent more Chinese tourists

Staff Writer |
Abu Dhabi will receive 600,000 Chinese tourists 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 this year, according to the emirate’s tourism organisation.

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Last year, China had 120 million outbound tourists, a 12 per cent jump on 2014, who spent $104.5 billion, which was 16.7 per cent more than in 2014, according to figures from China Tourism Research Institute.

Growth slowed in the first half of this year with just over 59 million outbound tourists.

The UAE receives only a very small proportion of this market. Of the 14.2 million visitors to Dubai in 2015, 450,000 were from China.

TCA Abu Dhabi has an office in China to work with the country’s tourism and travel sectors, ensuring that the emirate is included in programmes offered to clients.

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