For the first time, travellers from Réunion, the French Island located in the Indian Ocean, will be able to travel directly to the UAE to discover the country and EXPO 2020. The tour operator Alena Holidays LLC - A. World Events has chartered from Etihad Airways a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 262 seats in Economy class and 28 seats in business class to make 12 round trips between Reunion airport and Abu Dhabi airport with the first flight which arrived on Monday, 3rd January 2022. This charter operation will promote the tourism business to the UAE, driving incremental revenue to the destination.
The strategic agreement sees Capital Experience manage the hotel accommodation, ground handling, sightseeing, excursions, tours and attractions experiences in the UAE.
Starting January until March 2022, Capital Experience will provide the French tourists staying for six nights in the UAE the opportunity to experience the Emirates’ main attractions including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Burj Khalifa At The Top, Dubai Museum, Dubai’s traditional spice souk, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Watan, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Ain Dubai, desert safari experiences and more.
Roula Jouny, Executive Director of Tourism 365, commented: “We are thrilled to start the new year with this partnership, and we are now set to pursue extraordinary growth in 2022 and beyond. This partnership solidifies our strategic role in strengthening UAE’s position as a destination and bolstering the incredible efforts of the tourism industry. As part of our vision to become the number one choice for travel and tourism professionals, we look forward to deliver amazing experiences to tourists from far and wide, whilst also showcasing the unmissable offerings of the Emirates.”
Rabin Apavou, CEO of A.World and Alena Group commented: “It is an honour for our group to start this partnership with Capital Experience and be the first to open together a route between the French region of Reunion Island and UAE. The population from Reunion island are all French citizens, travelling at least once a year and are looking for new destination and a new experience. We are very proud to contribute to make them discover the UAE and together with Capital Experience and Tourism 365, we see a great new opportunity for the UAE. We are also very grateful to Etihad Airways giving us this opportunity to open this new route, from Abu Dhabi to Reunion and from Reunion to the World.”
Launched under Tourism 365, under the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), in May 2021, the company offers unique travel opportunities for tourists coming to UAE, enhancing the emirate’s regional and global positioning in the wider tourism industry.
Capital Experience works with key stakeholders across each emirate, partnering with key entities including hotels across the nation.