Etihad Airways, the national carrier for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced plans to start a destination management company to benefit visitors to Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The airline is currently in discussion with local tourism partners to coordinate activities, including tours and desert safaris, event management, bespoke experience packages and VIP services.
“We look forward to
launching this one-stop inbound tourism shop in close cooperation with
our destination partners and tourism services providers across all
seven emirates which will work closely with both Etihad Airways and
Etihad Holidays,” said
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ CCO.
The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) recently raised its hotel guest projections for the coming five years predicting an annual hotel guests of 2.7 million by the end of 2012. The projections have been raised do to several upgrades to the region's tourism and attractions infrastructure, including the Yas Marina Formula One race track, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the eco-friendly Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, designed by golfing legend Gary Player as the Arabian Gulf’s only ‘ocean’ course with several beachfront holes.