He declined to give details of how many, and which hotels, have been downgraded.
Previously, there had been no government-regulated classification system for hotels in the emirate, he told the paper.
Eighteen months ago, the ADTA launched the new criteria and, following inspections, the authority issued its first ratings in January, and gave hotels that had been downgraded six months to make the necessary changes to recover their status.
Some hotels were upgraded after they made necessary changes and scored more points, he added.
In creating the system, ADTA took examples from 35 international destinations to use as guidelines.
Al Reyami told the paper the system was designed to raise the bar for the quality of Abu Dhabi's hotels, and that the guidelines would be updated every two years.
Abu Dhabi is aiming to double its number of hotel rooms in the next three years, as the capital hopes to bring in 2.3 million guests by 2012.
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fatima Mar 26, 2012 03:32 am
am staying in a hotel-apartment in Dubai and I was surprised to notice that there was no Ladies time for the gymnasium, it is something you can fin in European hotels and not in an Arabic Muslim country, am very disappointed and I wanted to know if there was any rules about that
thank you in advance