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Abu Dhabi, Etihad & Jet host dinner for travel trade in Goa

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Continuing its focus and emphasis on India as the destination’s leading outbound source market for hotel guests, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) recently organised a networking event ‘Evening with Abu Dhabi’ in Goa, said a release.

TCA Abu Dhabi, along with Etihad Airways and Jet Airways, invited travel trade professionals over an evening of discovering the multi-faceted attractions of Abu Dhabi. At the event there was a presentation followed by a lucky draw for the guests.

India is currently Abu Dhabi’s leading overseas source market. Abu Dhabi welcomed 231,702 Indian hotel guests in 2014 at a growth rate of 32 per cent over 2013. There were 850,443 guest nights in 2014, at a growth rate of 23 per cent over 2013. Jet Airways has commenced daily direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Goa.

Bejan Dinshaw, Country Manager – India, TCA Abu Dhabi, said, “We are excited to market Abu Dhabi as a destination of choice for Goa. Abu Dhabi is closer than ever to India and especially Goa now with the daily direct flight connectivity. Abu Dhabi with its entertainment options, iconic properties, culture and heritage is the complete destination for a fresh holiday experience. We are very positive with the growth potential of this market.”

Raj Sivakumar, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said, “Jet Airways’ Goa – Abu Dhabi flight provides a direct convenient connection to Abu Dhabi and beyond to over 140 destinations in a seamless manner through Etihad Airways and other partner carriers. We expect a substantial growth of incoming tourist traffic in the coming months.”

UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways currently operates over 120 flights per week from 11 Indian destinations to Abu Dhabi. Etihad-Jet together will together offer connectivity with over 250 flights a week across 14 Indian cities by second quarter of 2015.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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