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ADTA launches unique classification system

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has officially announced the launch of its new classification system for hotels.

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has officially announced the launch of its new classification system for hotels.

The rating system will categorise hotels on a sliding scale of one to five stars, while hotel apartments will be classified as either deluxe, superior or standard.

In an effort to further differentiate the system from other global rating methods, five additional merit categories have been included: environmental issues; special needs; comprehensive detailed standards; consideration for cultural tourism sustainability; and implementation planning.

Currently, 49 hotels and 49 hotel apartments in Abu Dhabi have licences and are therefore eligible for classification. The authority's classification team will begin assessments of these properties within two months time, and plans to have all hospitality accommodation classified by the end of the year.

According to the authority's director, licensing and classification division Nasser Saif Al Reyami, three main factors make Abu Dhabi's system unique.

"Firstly, the style is completely different; it has more details.

The second thing is the internet element [a password-protected online classification track-and-trace system called ecalss]; so a manager can see exactly what his status is and if he is four-star he can see how to reach five - so exactly what the missing things are.

"And finally, the design of the ‘star' we shall use is completely different from the normal stars [used in star-rating classification systems].

We won't have two or three stars displayed either, [we'll] have our star design with a number four or five in the centre. And no one else in the world has that, so it will stand out," he explained.

For the full interview with Nasser Saif Al Reyami regarding Abu Dhabi's new hotels classification system, see next month's Hotelier Middle East.

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