What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W3, August 2023

Here is your weekly industry news round-up. Check out the short snippets here and follow below for more details.

  • China has ascended the ranks of Dubai’s tourism source markets
  • Abu Dhabi reduces tourism fees to boost trade
  • Rixos Hotel UAE achieves Global Sustainable Tourism Certification
  • Sarovar Hotels expands with Royale Sarovar Portico launch in Agra
  • JW Marriott Maldives introduces a sustainable dining experience

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Newshound w3, August 2023

China climbs the Dubai tourism source market leaderboard

Inbound tourism into Dubai from China is steadily growing as the country recovers from Covid-19. In the last ten years, China has consistently been one of the leading source markets for Dubai’s tourism. According to data from the Dubai Department of Tourism (DET), out of the near-17 million visitors received by the emirates in 2019, nearly 990,000 were Chinese tourists.


Abu Dhabi reduces tourism fees in hotel restaurants in a bid to boost trade

New rules on tourism fees at Abu Dhabi venues come into effect on September 1. The Abu Dhabi government has lowered tourism fees and municipality fees imposed in the emirate’s hotels. The Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) said the move will help stimulate the economy. The four percent municipality fee and six percent tourism fee on hotel restaurants have been removed.


Rixos hotel UAE global sustainable tourism council certification, the benchmark for hospitality

This is a milestone achievement for Rixos Hotels UAE as it has made history by becoming the first hotel brand in the region to receive this extremely impressive recognition. This recognition signifies that Rixos Hotels UAE’s operations adhere to the highest social and environmental standards, contributing positively to local communities and the broader environment.


Sarovar Hotels and Resorts expands with the launch of Royale Sarovar Portico in Agra

Sarovar Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the grand opening of Royale Sarovar Portico in the historic and enchanting city of Agra. The hotel’s contemporary architecture seamlessly merges with the city’s rich heritage, setting the stage for memorable stays that celebrate tradition and modernity.


JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa introduces a sustainable culinary experience

The JW Garden to Table experience celebrates the island’s homegrown bounty with a guided tour, cooking class, and a special menu crafted by the chef using locally sourced ingredients. As a signature element of the JW Marriott experience, the JW Garden creates a sensory connection to the natural world, offering a year-round harvest of fragrant herbs, crisp vegetables, and lush tropical fruits.


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