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UAE's Etihad extends Sydney Opera House sponsorship deal

Abu Dhabi airline announces the extension of partnership for a further five years

UAE's Etihad extends Sydney Opera House sponsorship deal
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Etihad Airways and the Sydney Opera House has announced the extension of their partnership for a further five years.

Under the terms of the new deal, Etihad Airways will continue as the Sydney Opera House’s major partner and opening nights presenting partner.

The airline will support Opera House programming by flying guest artists and performing arts companies to Sydney from across its extensive network of 116 international destinations, a statement said.

It will also leverage its investment in Australian tourism – through its partnership with Tourism Australia – to bring more visitors to Sydney and to the Sydney Opera House, it added.

The extension will take Etihad Airways well into the Opera House’s decade of renewal – launched in its 40th Anniversary year in 2013 to ensure the World Heritage-listed building continues to inspire new generations of audiences and visitors.

Troy Grant, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, said: “The Sydney Opera House is a world-renowned performance venue and continuing a partnership with the award-winning global airline Etihad Airways makes perfect sense.

“I would like to congratulate both the Sydney Opera House and Etihad Airways on this agreement that will deliver countless benefits to both organisations."

Sarah Built, Etihad Airways general manager Australia and New Zealand, added that extending the partnership with Sydney Opera House for another five years underscored the airline’s commitment to Australian tourism and to the arts and culture worldwide.

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