Baumgartner, Al Darmaki, Jürgen Büchy, DRV President, and
Otto Gergye, airberlin senior vice president sales scheduled services.
Abu Dhabi to host German travel congress
, May 28, 2013
About 1,000 German tour operators and travel agents will gather in Abu Dhabi for a travel congress, starting on November 19 next year.
The 64th Germal Travel Association Annual Congress, which is a three-day event will be hosted by Etihad Airways, UAE's flag carrier and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), at the Saadiyat Island. The event is also being supported by airberlin, Germany’s second largest carrier.
Hosting the congress in Abu Dhabi will help to positively showcase the emirate, its city and the two supporting airlines in the minds of German travel industry executives, a statement said.
Hans-Gustav Koch, CEO of DRV, said: “Abu Dhabi is an emerging emirate that is becoming increasingly important as a leisure and business travel destination, especially for Germans. I am sure that we, as an industry association, by organising our annual meeting in Abu Dhabi will make a contribution to bringing the emirate into even sharper focus among German travellers and that the number of visitors from our country as a result will increase.”
Jasem Al Darmaki, deputy director general of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “Germany has been a mainstay of our overseas inbound business for years. We are now benefitting from ever-expanding air links between the country and Abu Dhabi, routes which are now served by 49 flights a week thanks to the expansion of Etihad Airways’ network and the partnership with airberlin."
Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer of Etihad Airways, said: “As the national airline of the UAE, and importantly, as a co-host of this event, Etihad Airways looks forward to welcoming our DRV guests to Abu Dhabi next year.
“Given the strategic importance of the German market, to host such an important and high-calibre industry body like the DRV is a huge opportunity for Etihad Airways and our home Abu Dhabi. Together with airberlin, delegates flying from our combined German hubs of Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, will experience the very essence of what makes our partnership so unique for the German traveller." - TradeArabia News Service