Rhiannon Williams, Etihad Airways; Frosina Belevska, Manase Travel Studio; Suzanne Tobin, DCT Abu Dhabi Rhiannon Williams, Etihad Airways; Frosina Belevska, Manase Travel Studio; Suzanne Tobin, DCT Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi agent incentive highlighted at NZ events

An incentive that will see eight New Zealand travel agents win a spot on an Abu Dhabi famil was a major focus of an Abu Dhabi – Etihad Airways roadshow in New Zealand last week.

 

A team from the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi visited Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland where about 50, 30 and 70 agents turned out respectively. Jennifer Gaskin, country manager Australia-New Zealand for DCT Abu Dhabi, says four spots on the famil will be picked based on stopover bookings and the other four will be based on the highest sellers of Etihad Airways tickets sold in conjunction with Virgin Australia flights. As well as promoting the incentive, the roadshow was a chance to promote the different sides of Abu Dhabi. ‘We have the glitz and glamour – if you want to ride the world’s highest roller coaster which has the world’s highest high tea, you can do that. But we also have a lot of culture to offer.’

 

Gaskin emphasises new cultural attractions such as Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest building in Abu Dhabi, which has been restored into a museum. ‘People can see the Bedouin routes of the destination – the fishermen and the nomads.’ Another new cultural attraction is Qasr Al Watan, part of the Presidential Palace that has been opened to tourists. The emirate also has a number of new hotels, including two Jumeirah properties – Jumeirah Saddyat Island and Jumeirah Al Wathba in the desert.

 

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