Carrier signs agreements with travel agents in Vietnam and elsewhere to encourage travelers transiting in the UAE capital to stay a little longer.
Hala Abu Dhabi, the destination management division of Etihad Airways, has signed agreements with VieTravel, PTG Travel, Blue Sky Travel, Hong Ngoc Ha, GIA HUY and Transviet in Vietnam to promote Abu Dhabi as a stopover destination for passengers transiting in the UAE capital.
The preferred sales agreements are six of 45 signed by Hala Abu Dhabi with key tour operators across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia, to expand the reach of Etihad Airways' popular "Stopover in Abu Dhabi" program. The program allows travelers from Vietnam and other countries to break their journey in Abu Dhabi and enjoy exclusive privileges, such as overnight accommodation, complementary visas, and golf course access, before continuing on to their final destination.
As a result of the new partnerships, the incentives can now be booked through the 45 tour operators, in addition to Etihad Airways' website. A number of Etihad Airways' sales team members from across the world have also been appointed as destination and product champions by Hala Abu Dhabi. The first two groups of international champions and tour operators under the preferred sales agreements recently visited Abu Dhabi, where they took part in product, systems and destination training.
Mr. Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer at Etihad Airways, said: "We are excited to build on the popularity of our 'Stopover in Abu Dhabi' program with these leading tour operators, which already have a successful track record in selling Etihad Airways flights." The expanded partnerships will increase tourism to Abu Dhabi by showcasing the emirate as a vibrant holiday destination and offering generous incentives to visitors. It also supports Hala Abu Dhabi's continued growth and the division will continue the momentum by partnering with 15 additional tour operators and champions at the end of this year.