08 Oct 2015 12:30
Etihad Airways is playing host to 250 leading travel industry representatives from The Netherlands. The delegation has arrived in Abu Dhabi for the ANVR (Algemene Nederlandse Vereniging van Reisondernemingen) Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators Conference 2015.
event is sponsored by Etihad Airways, which has provided return transportation
from Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, with all local arrangements organised by Hala Abu
Dhabi, the airline’s destination management company. The conference attendees
include the owners and management of the Netherlands’ leading travel agencies
and tour operators, as well as professionals from related industries.
aim of the this year’s conference is to showcase Abu Dhabi to Dutch travellers,
who have historically ventured to all areas of the globe, including the United
Arab Emirates (UAE), and to the country’s travel industry which is renowned for
its professionalism and experience.
Barranger, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Sales, said: “I am delighted
to welcome the leaders and key decision-makers of the Dutch travel industry
here in Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways places considerable importance to the Dutch
market. Abu Dhabi as a destination is the ideal cultural and adventure holiday
destination, providing year-round sun, a world-class tourism and conference
infrastructure, and incredible leisure activities. It is also home to a leading
airline which is setting new industry standards of superior service and
Abu Dhabi sits at the crossroads of East and West, and Etihad Airways’
extensive global network, along with our Etihad Airways Partner airlines,
provides the Dutch traveller with exciting stopover opportunities in the UAE, connecting
onwards to the major leisure, cultural and business centres across Asia, Africa
2014 and 2015, year to date, Etihad Airways has welcomed 130,000 guests on its services
on 17 February 1966, the aim of the ANVR is to combine the strength of its members in pursuit of their
common social and economic interests, so that the organisation can play a
prominent national and international role as the representative of the Dutch
The ANVR’s policies are
shaped by its members and the association's governing body is the General Assembly
of Members. Day-to-day management of the association is handled by an Executive
Committee containing representatives from all branches of the industry
including travel agents, air ticketing agents and tour operators.
visiting delegation was welcomed at a dinner hosted by Etihad Airways at the
Palm Garden of the iconic Yas Viceroy Hotel on Yas Island. The three day visit will
include a tour of the important cultural and touristic landmarks of Abu Dhabi,
an Etihad Airways sponsored lunch at the New York University’s Abu Dhabi
campus, and a farewell gala dinner at the opulent Emirates Palace Hotel.
Abu Dhabi has
emerged as a world-class destination, built around a rich heritage and formed
of over 200 islands, more than 400 km of pristine coastline, modern cityscapes,
dramatic mountains and awe-inspiring deserts. Visitors to the emirate can
explore former palaces, forts, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the
world’s largest mosques, and the Saadiyat Cultural District’s many museums, art
galleries and performing arts centres, including the soon to be opened Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the
Louvre Abu Dhabi museums. Abu Dhabi also features some of the world’s
leading beach and desert resorts and offers a wide range of sports and leisure
activities, including its PGA certified golf courses.
is also fast becoming a leading sporting destination, hosting the Abu
Dhabi Golf Championship, and the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, held at
the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit.
Airways serves Amsterdam daily using modern Airbus A330 aircraft; a daily codeshare
flight with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines complements these frequencies, resulting in
two way connectivity to 22 Etihad Airways destinations beyond Abu Dhabi.
Citizens of the Netherlands can obtain tourist visas on arrival at Abu Dhabi