Abta attracted 11 new members and ten new partners in the first quarter of the year.

Twelve managed branches also joined Abta in the period

The 11 newcomers to the association included one retail member, Capital Business Services.

There were five trading as dual members and five as principals joining in the three months to March 31.

The ten new Abta partners include the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. The emirate hosts the Abta Travel Convention in October, the first time the event has been held in the Middle East.

Abta chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said: “It is fantastic to see 11 new members and 10 new partners join us in the first part of 2016.

“We look forward to working with them and supporting them throughout the year ahead.

“Abta membership and our partner scheme offer a great range of resources which I hope they will take full advantage of.”