Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry is embarking on a four-day, three-city roadshow in North America next week as it looks to build on increasing inbound tourism from the continent.
Led by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), a five-strong delegation of the emirate’s tourism stakeholders will join the roadshow from June 1 – 4 starting in the US capital of Washington D.C., before heading to Chicago, Illinois on June 3rd and then ending the tour in Dallas, Texas on June 4th.
“The United States is our fourth largest international source market, and as such an extremely important target for us for inbound visitors,” said Mubarak Al Nuaimi, director of promotions and overseas offices, at TCA Abu Dhabi.
“In 2014, 37% more visitors from the US arrived in Abu Dhabi than in 2013.
“There are currently 45 flights a week to Abu Dhabi, operated by our national airline Etihad Airways, from Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas/Ft. Worth, with this last route having recently being increased to three flights a week; so there are already excellent air links,” he added.
Last year saw 123,196 guests arrive from the United States to the emirate, which generated 608,556 guest nights.
Joining TCA Abu Dhabi will be representatives from the UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas; Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi as well as Celebrity Cruises – the Royal Caribbean Cruises arm that offers upscale cruise vacations around the world.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas Abu Dhabi, which offers five unique and luxurious properties in the UAE; Eastern Mangroves, Qasr Al Sarab, Royal Pavilion Villas and the Desert Island resorts of Al Yamm and Al Sahel, will also be looking to maximise its exposure during the USA trip.