Capital Gate expects more corporate customers
ABU DHABI’S iconic Capital Gate building, the Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi recently completed one year of operations on December 2012.
“In 2013, Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi will be in its second year of operation. By now, corporate clients are aware of our brand and location as the only five star luxury property located in ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) and the Embassies District. We are foreseeing an increase in corporate group bookings in 2013,” said Ashwini Kumar, general manager of Hyatt Capital Gate. The hotel which is in the auditing stages for receiving its ISO 14001 certification also identifies itself as an environmentally friendly business entity.
“Abu Dhabi has noted a growing number of business arrivals from the Far East such as Chinese and Korean visitors who will play a big part in establishing Abu Dhabi as a business destination.”
Kumar added that with Abu Dhabi consolidating its position regionally in terms of meetings, conferences and incentive groups and with numerous conferences planned for 2013 including the World Future Energy Summit, IDEX (International Defence Exhibition Conference), GIBTM (Gulf Incentive Business Travel and Travel) Exhibition, Cityscape, ADIPEC (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition), there will be a positive impact on placing Abu Dhabi as a meeting conference destination.
“Neighbouring Emirates such as Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah may have established quite a lead when it comes to the race of tourism and regional meetings, but Abu Dhabi is now developing itself as a strong segment as well,” he said. “The leisure market too is expected to increase with the opening of Yas Waterworld, and the presence of upmarket hotels located on the crystal clear beaches of Saadiyat Island such as Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and the St Regis.
“Etihad Airways too is putting initiatives in place to encourage the number of “stop overs” for passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi which will result in an increase of demand for Abu Dhabi hotels,” added Kumar.
The hotel works closely with TCA Abu Dhabi in promoting Abu Dhabi as a preferred destination for both business and leisure with joint efforts in various road shows, exhibitions and other marketing activities.
“We have welcomed guests from all over the world, including Europe, America and GCC, among others. We are also very active in securing business from emerging markets like China, India and Korea.”
“Mice business dominates our hotel’s overall business mix. Our location and facilities are more conducive to business traveller needs and we are working with local and international travel partners to gain a fair share of leisure travellers in the near future,” added Kumar.
Guests at Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi have access to four salons /meeting rooms which can accommodate 10 to 12 guests each. The salons are equipped with the latest technology and are ideal for private meetings.
The hotel will also participate at the GIBTM 2013 for the second time, taking place from March 25-27 at Adnec.
“Abu Dhabi is growing at a fast pace and as new hotels are opening in the capital, I believe we will continue to grow through constantly finding new ways to meet and exceed our guests’ expectations. Due to our location with direct proximity to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre and the Embassies district, I believe exhibitions, conferences, and embassy delegations will remain our prime source of business,” he concluded.