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Tourism operators high on Sir Bani Yas Island's appeal

Khaleej Times

UAE travel influences are to boost their international leisure and Mice promotion of Abu Dhabi's Sir Bani Yas Island, claiming the nature-based legacy destination can play a key role in boosting visitor length-of-stay for the emirate. During a two-day, fact-finding visit to Sir Bani Yas Island — located in the emirate's Western Region (Al Gharbia) — 12 top UAE tour and cruise excursion operators and destination management companies dubbed its wildlife, heritage and adventure experiences as a powerful tool to lift awareness of the emirate's diversity and commitment to conservation. The tour was organised exclusively for members of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority's (TCA Abu Dhabi) tour operator Industry Development Committee. The operators took in a wealth of wildlife and activity tours, conference facilities and the island's three, five-star resorts operated by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas. Several operators have now confirmed interest in selling the island's offering, including Jasem Zaiton, cruise manager for tour operator dnata Gulf Ventures, who was sold on the island's environmental credentials, and Alaa Khalifa, director of Salem Holidays & business development manager at Salem Travel International. Sir Bani Yas Island is home to the Arabian Wildlife Park, which has Several operators have now confirmed interest in selling Sir Bani Yas Island's offering. more than 10,000 free-roaming animals including one of the world's largest herds of Arabian Oryx. 

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