'Tourism key driver in passenger growth' - Emirates24|7

'Tourism key driver in passenger growth'


Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) on Sunday said leisure and business tourism into the UAE capital are becoming key drivers in boosting passenger throughput at its airports.

With tourism figures to the UAE capital and the wider emirate set to reach 2.7 million by 2012, Adac's airport developments can enable tourism growth and cater to an increasingly wide range of international travellers, the company said in a statement.

By 2012, tourists arriving and leaving Abu Dhabi will be treated to a truly world-class airport experience at the new Mid-Field Terminal Complex, which will offer some of the world's best known retail shops and hospitality environments.

"As Abu Dhabi looks to create a modern, cultural capital for the Middle East, tourism is expected to grow in line with such designs and central to facilitating that process is Abu Dhabi International Airport's ability to cater a growing number of tourists and passengers," said Mohammed Al Bulooki, director of marketing and communications at Adac.

"While many parallels have been drawn between the hospitality industry and tourism, it is clear that a modern, aviation hub with best-in-class infrastructure situated in the heart of the UAE capital will be essential to tourism growth and as a preferred destination into the UAE.

"In enabling guests to enjoy smooth, hassle-free access to the country when coming via Abu Dhabi airports, we have an opportunity to enhance the tourist's experience and leave both initial and lasting impressions in the memories of all visitors," added Al Bulooki.

Working closely with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) as well as the 37 airlines operating out of Abu Dhabi, Adac is constantly looking to enhance the passenger experience through its airports. This drive will continue later this year with the new Terminal 3 which will boost Abu Dhabi airport's current passenger capacity from seven to twelve million per year.