14 Oct 2015 17:00
ABTA – The Travel Association, has revealed that Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and its national airline Etihad Airways, will host the association’s 2016 Travel Convention. The convention will take place from 10 to 12 October, 2016. at the Yas Viceroy Hotel on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s hub of leisure, sports and retail activities.
choice of Abu Dhabi was announced at the 2015 ABTA Travel Convention in Costa
will be the first time that the Travel Convention has been held in Abu Dhabi.
The Emirate was chosen for its immense touristic appeal and superior infrastructure.
ABTA was impressed by the city’s efforts to transform itself into a global
showcase of modern living and culture.
Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Vice President for UAE Commercial, said: “ABTA’s
decision to choose Abu Dhabi for the 2016 Travel Convention is true recognition
of the enormous efforts the Emirate has placed on developing Abu Dhabi into a
progressive world class hub of tourism, culture and tolerance. Abu Dhabi’s
population is diverse, forward-thinking, and above all welcoming.
the world-leading national airline of the UAE, we are delighted to be able to
welcome the movers and shakers of the United Kingdom’s travel industry to our
cosmopolitan home, and in doing so highlight and celebrate the great importance
of the British tourism market to Etihad Airways and its partners.”
In 2014 and 2015,
year-to-date, Etihad Airways carried approximately 900,000 guests on its flights from the United Kingdom.
Noel Josephides, ABTA
Chairman, said: "I am delighted that Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi have
agreed to host the 2016 Travel Convention. Abu Dhabi leads the world in
state-of-the-art luxurious hotels and facilities, and in the Yas Viceroy we
will be lucky enough to be able to enjoy one of the most iconic buildings in
Airways, as official airline, will fly over 500 leading travel company
managers, owners, and industry leaders to the convention. The Yas Viceroy Hotel is located within the Yas
Marina Circuit and is the first
hotel in the world to be built over a Formula 1 race circuit.
airline will offer ABTA delegates flights from its three main gateways in the
United Kingdom – London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Sultan Al Dhaheri, Abu Dhabi
Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) Acting Executive Director for
Tourism, said: “Hosting the 2016 ABTA Travel Convention in Abu Dhabi is
testament to the great efforts the Emirate has taken to establish itself as a
world-leading and progressive tourism, sporting and cultural hub. Welcoming the
leaders of the British travel industry here is the perfect opportunity for us
to showcase our diverse and colourful home through the UK’s sophisticated and
experienced travel trade.”
Airways operates six daily flights from the United Kingdom, connecting through
its hub in Abu Dhabi to the leading leisure and business destinations in Asia,
Africa, the Indian Ocean and Australasia. The airline operates its new flagship
Airbus A380 from London Heathrow, featuring The Residence, the only three room
cabin in the sky, First Apartments, Business Studios and Economy Smart Seats.
Abu Dhabi is an all-round
holiday destination, built around a rich heritage and made up 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 museums, art galleries
and performing arts centres. Construction of Abu Dhabi’s Louvre and Guggenheim
museums is nearing completion, with openings scheduled for 2016 and 2017
Abu Dhabi 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. The city is
also fast becoming a leading sporting destination, hosting the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship,
and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.