WTTC gives hosting rights to Abu Dhabi
Tokyo, April 19, 2012
The World Travel and tourism Council (WTTC) officially handed over the hosting rights of the 13th Global Summit to be held in April/May next year, to Abu Dhabi.
The special ceremony took place at the 12th World Travel & Tourism (WTTC) Global Summit which was held in Tokyo recently.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Etihad Airways will host next year’s summit – the biggest annual gathering of travel & tourism leaders - which will bring almost 1,000 international travel and tourism leaders to the UAE capital.
WTTC’s president & CEO David Scowsill, handed over the symbolic ‘globe’ to president and CEO of Etihad Airways, James Hogan.
“In awarding the 13th summit hosting to Abu Dhabi we were conscious of the infectious enthusiasm of its government and industry agencies, the destination’s increasing accessibility and standards of capability and its impressive evidence of green tourism growth as a key development strategy,” Scowsill said.
Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said: “It is a platform for us to come together, to engage with each other and strike up new ventures, initiatives and relationships. The 2013 Summit delegates would find much more to see and do in the UAE capital than ever before.”
“We have many more attractions, new beach resorts on Saadiyat Island, new city centre hotels and a new golf resort. By this time next year, we will have opened another two major resorts – one on a beach, another fronting a mangrove forest and we will have welcomed more international names to the destination – Accor and Ritz-Carlton amongst them. Yas Island will also, at the end of this year, open the UAE’s largest waterpark,” he added.
“Recent years have seen Abu Dhabi’s emergence as a dynamic, contemporary city and global economic powerhouse,” Hogan said. “Etihad Airways has been central to the success of the UAE government’s strategy to build travel and tourism into a major driver of economic development, bringing business and leisure tourists in their millions to the UAE capital. The success of this approach is a strong endorsement of WTTC policy.” – TradeArabia News Service