The Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) unveiled upcoming multi-million tourism projects in the emirate, highlighting its status as a major tourism and investment destination to the UK market.
Visitors and exhibitors who visited the Ajman government stand at World Travel Market (WTM) in London expressed their interests in the soon-to-open The Oberoi, Al Zorah, a luxury hotel with spacious rooms and suites that will cater primarily to luxury-seeking and wellness-focused guests who demand exclusivity and privacy. The delegation also showcased the 182-key hotel in Ajman Corniche by R Hotels, the hospitality arm of Ajman-based R Holding, which was launched at a cost of $40.9 million (AED150 million). The new hotel is targeting an opening date in 2017.
Other major tourism projects include a new touristic restaurant complex being constructed in Ajman Marina and a new shopping and entertainment complex, next to Ajman Fish Market.
Speaking on the outcome of Ajman Tourism's first day participation at WTM 2016, HE Faisal Al Nuaimi, General Manager of ATDD, said, "We made the best use of our participation in the first day of WTM where we met with potential investors and key players in the travel industry, with an anticipation of conducting a series of business match making events and meetings in the remaining days of the event."
"In accordance with the trends and targets of Ajman Vision 2021, Ajman delegation to WTM highlighted its significant efforts with regard to the development of tourism infrastructure in the emirate, with the focus of increasing the number of visitors in 2017 by 20%, following the remarkable growth of tourists from Europe to the Emirate, as Hotels in Ajman registered nearly 115,000 guests from Europe in 2015," he added.
A number of meetings and interactions were also held with heads and representatives of other tourism destinations and travel and tourism agencies to introduce them to what Ajman has to offer to international travelers and investors, and to enhance business investments especially the packages and promotions during the holiday season, including the National Day, Christmas and New Year's Eve
The Ajman visitor's guide in Braille was also launched at WTM to target blind and visually impaired tourists who would like to learn more about the destination. This initiative comes within the framework of efforts set by ATDD which aims to assist and integrate people with disabilities from all categories, particularly those with visual challenges. The Ajman visitor's guide in Braille is available in English & Arabic.
Besides, visitors were briefed about the international festivals organized throughout the year including the Liwa Ajman Dates Festival and sporting events including Ride Ajman. Excited visitors also experienced a variety of henna paintings at the museum set up corner at the Ajman Tourism stand.
"We look forward to further discuss with our business counterparts the wide array of business and investment opportunities that Ajman has to offer, as well as its incentive and flexible legislation structure and facilities provided by Ajman Government to foreign investors, by introducing Ajman as an attractive tourism and investment destination, especially to the European countries where citizens can enjoy our warm weather and beautiful beaches that decorate the Emirate of Ajman," Al Nuaimi concluded.
The ATDD stand is located in Hall S4, stand #ME550 during WTM which runs until November 9, 2016, at Excel Exhibition Centre - London. The Ajman delegation includes Ajman Saray, Fairmont Ajman, Sabsan Travel & Tourism, Musandam Sea Adventure Travel & Tourism and Travel Center, SNTTA Emir Tours and The Oberoi Al Zorah.