By Staff writer
Etihad Airways is part of three-city roadshow as dispute with US carriers over alleged subsidies rumbles on
Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry is embarking on a four-day, three-city roadshow in North America as it looks to build on increasing inbound tourism from the continent.
Led by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, a five-strong delegation of the emirate’s tourism stakeholders will join the roadshow from June 1-4 starting in Washington DC, before heading to Chicago, Illinois and Dallas, Texas.
Joining TCA Abu Dhabi will be representatives from the UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Anantara Hotels Resorts and Spas, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi as well as Celebrity Cruises, the Royal Caribbean Cruises arm that offers upscale cruise vacations around the world.
The tourism campaign comes amid a continuing dispute between US carriers American, Delta and United and Gulf airlines over claims that Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have received more than $42 billion of subsidies from their respective governments, violating Open Skies policies.
"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 percent 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.
"Last year saw 123,196 guests arrive from the United States, which generated 608,556 guest nights, making American visitors one of our longest stayers with an average length of stay of just under five nights. We would like them to stay longer and discover much more of our emirate, and our US roadshows will showcase our world-class destination."