The 63rd TAAI Convention & Exhibition was held from 14 to 16 October, 2016 at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. The Convention was also highlighted by the most popular ITTE – India Travel Trade Expo offering an excellent B2B opportunity to the 700 delegates to connect themselves with vendors from all over. The event was attended by around 40 Media.
The convention was supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA). The emirate was selected as host venue due to TAAI’s belief in Abu Dhabi’s MICE and leisure destination potential and as a dynamic global business events leader in the region. TCA hosting the event - Inaugural evening at the Emirates Palace; free visas to the delegates; Pre-Post tours to the Delegates; City Tours and extending overall support to ensure success of the event.
Addressing the agents, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), which hosted the gathering, said the outbound Indian market is of paramount importance to the Emirate as it is now the largest overseas source of hotel guests.
This year, TAAI Convention will always be recalled for the most outstanding manner it was presented to the Delegates amidst the best of convention venues in the world. Mr Sunil Kumar, President of TAAI remarked “Organizing a Convention of this huge magnitude in less than 40 days strongly reflects the TEAM WORK by TAAI and invaluable support from our Partners in the Industry. The success of the event is a strong attribute of TAAI and its eminence”
"The convention gives us an unparalleled opportunity to directly speak to these industry influencers who can impact a market which is now the emirate’s largest overseas hotel guest source market," said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi.
The Convention was inaugurated by India's acting Ambassador Her Excellency Mrs Neeta Bhushan, Acting Ambassador of India to Abu Dhabi; by the Director General of TCA His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash and Mr Sunil Kumar, President of TAAI on 14th October, 2016 at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.
TAAI held its “Knowledge Sessions” featuring subjects of relevance and importance encouraging the delegates to embrace change and be prepared for a fast evolving scenario that demands newer approaches to service the growing travellers. The Convention theme “Tomorrow begins NOW” with a tag line, “rise above the routine” was well received and served as an excellent focus for the debates held.
On 16th October, the Farewell Gala Dinner was held at the most incredible FERRARI WORLD Abu Dhabi, and was hosted by Yas Island.
This event brings in a strong partnership between India and Abu Dhabi through the TAAI-TCA relationship and has now inspired the Indian industry leaders to take a closer look at Abu Dhabi for its myriad wonders and huge potential to attract Indians and Indian events.
In the first half of this year some 152,423 Indians checked into Abu Dhabi's hotel - a 20% year-on-year uplift and accounting for 7% of all the emirate's hotel guest stays. Indian guests currently stay in the emirate's hotels for an average of 3.4 nights.
"We see enormous potential in building inbound traffic from India with five airlines, including our own national carrier Etihad, flying to destinations within the republic from Abu Dhabi International. There are currently over 300 flights a week from 15 Indian destinations to Abu Dhabi giving thousands of travellers easy access to our destination within a four-hour flight time," added Al Dhaheri.