Abu Dhabi, 19 September, 2019: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) lead a delegation including Abu Dhabi Ports, Etihad Airways and Anantara Hotels & Resorts at Seatrade Europe Cruise & River Cruise Convention from 11 - 13 September in Hamburg, Germany. The event brought together over 250 personnel from over 20 cruise line brands to showcase latest trends and discuss cruise sector innovations.
Commenting at the participation Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director Tourism & Marketing – DCT Abu Dhabi. says: “Abu Dhabi’s cruise sector is currently looking forward to welcoming returning cruise lines in 2019, with global cruise operators now recognising the emirate as a top-tier destination. Thanks to Abu Dhabi’s world-class facilities, globally recognised attractions, and sustained promotional messaging, we are confident of achieving our targets and surpassing last year’s visitor numbers, with this visit to Seatrade Europe as a key component of our strategic planning.”
Noura Al Dhaheri, Cruise Terminal Manager at Abu Dhabi Ports said: “We are proud to be participating at such a prestigious event, one that brings industry leaders together for knowledge sharing and partnership opportunities. Each year, Abu Dhabi Ports is welcoming more and more cruise passengers to the UAE as we continue to develop our facilities at Zayed Port, Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach and Fujairah Port. This is a testament to the country’s position as a preferred cruise hub and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to the UAE when the new season starts later this year.”
Abu Dhabi’s cruise sector is currently looking forward to welcoming returning cruise lines in 2019 season, these include Costa, Aida, TUI, MSC Splendida, MSC Bellissima, Pullmantur and Crystal Cruise.
Seatrade Europe provided a valuable opportunity to further promote Abu Dhabi’s cruise sector, building and strengthening long-term partnerships, as well as offering the platform to explore new business opportunities with global industry pioneers, experts, and influencers.
About Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of the Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.