Effective 1 June 2016, hotel guests in Abu Dhabi will start paying a municipal fee of four per cent of their hotel bill and an AED15 charge per night per room.
The announcement was made by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
TCA Abu Dhabi has formally notified hotels and tourist facilities of the decision. The aim of implementing the fee was the importance of separating municipal fees from tourist fees in all financial records. This will ensure that such fees are accounted for separately in all bills and financial statements.
The tourism authority will also soon hold workshops to introduce municipal fee collection and deposit mechanisms. Work is under way to set out procedures for fee collection. TCA Abu Dhabi is currently charting out guidelines and fee collection structures on behalf of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport, which comprises three municipalities of the emirate – Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Al Ain City Municipality and the Western Region Municipality.
Levying the new fees is in line with charges imposed on hotel guests in other destinations in the region and is standard practice in the hospitality services sector worldwide, said the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport.
The municipality will use the collected fees to boost sustainable development of Abu Dhabi’s tourism infrastructure and enhance services offered to hotel guests and customers.