A delegation from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is taking part in Seatrade Cruise Global, the world’s leading annual cruise industry event, which kicked off today (April 8) in Miami, Florida.
The attending delegation consists of prominent partners in the sector, such as Abu Dhabi Ports, Etihad Airways and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, represented by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Abu Dhabi, aiming to promote the potential and the attractions of the maritime sector in Abu Dhabi, as part of preparations for the upcoming 2019/2020 maritime tourism season.
The Miami Beach-hosted event will bring together 11,000 international cruise industry professionals to network, discover the latest trends and build profitable partnerships, with the event comprising more than 50 hours of content sessions with a focus on industry news, cruise sector innovations, marine safety and cyber security.
This visit from the ‘Cruise Arabia’ alliance coincides with the increasing popularity of Abu Dhabi ports, with both Zayed Port and Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach now recognised as first-class destinations by cruise operators and passengers alike.
Seatrade Cruise Global presents a valuable opportunity to further promote Abu Dhabi’s cruise sector, building and strengthening long-term partnerships as well as offering a platform to explore new business opportunities with global industry pioneers, experts and influencers.
Abu Dhabi’s cruise sector is looking forward to welcoming returning cruise lines in 2019, with global cruise operators now recognising the emirate as a top-tier destination. These returning cruise lines include Costa, Celebrity, Aida, MSC Splendida, MSC Lirica and Crystal Cruise.
Director of tourism, Special Interest, DCT Abu Dhabi, Saeed Al Dhahri elaborated: “Cruise tourism is one of the Abu Dhabi’s most important tourism sectors for growth. We are looking to attract more visitors from around the world, and we are confident of achieving our targets and surpassing last year’s visitor numbers. This visit to Seatrade Cruise Global forms a key component of our strategic planning, due to its world-class facilities and prime access to networking opportunities with industry representatives from our key target markets.”
Cruise terminal manager, Abu Dhabi Ports, Noura Rashed Al Dhaheri stressed that Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal is one of the region’s hubs for cruise business, thus, taking part in Seatrade Cruise Global, which attracts representatives of world-class cruise liners, will raise the profile of Abu Dhabi as a key destination for cruise tourism.
“We wish to continue the success of our efforts thus far, which have seen an increase in international cruise liners visiting Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal. Abu Dhabi Ports is committed to delivering state-of-the-art cruise infrastructure facilities and providing streamlined and distinctive services to cruise liners in line with Abu Dhabi’s drive to expand its tourism offering,” she concluded.