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All India, July 2013 : Abu Dhabi is to host the IATA Slot Conference – a voluntary assembly of IATA and non-IATA airlines for one of the largest gatherings in the International Airport Transport Association’s (IATA) calendar. The biannual conference will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in June next year. With over 200 airlines and representatives of over 60 schedules-facilitated or fully co-ordinated airports, the conference goal is for airlines and airports to obtain the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers.

Mr. Peter Stanton, Head, Worldwide Airport Slots said: “IATA is delighted to confirm that the International Convention Centre, Abu Dhabi will host the 134th IATA Slots Conference in June 2014.  Over 1,000 delegates are expected to attend this twice-yearly event, which sees the global airline industry come together to optimize their winter 2014 schedules.”

The conference is organised by WorldTEK Event & Travel Management. It is being hosted in the United Arab Emirates’ capital by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau – the single source business events catalyst of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). The hosts have estimated the conference will deliver a direct economic impact of AED 4.8 million (US $1.3 million) to the emirate.

Commenting on the event, Tony Douglas, CEO of ADAC, said: “This gathering will bring many of the UAE capital’s key aviation partners, and potential partners, to a destination which has emerged as an international aviation hub, showcasing its merits as a key enabler in driving air transport connectivity between the region and the world.Major events helped drive January’s performance with the month seeing the emirate host its annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week including the World Future Energy Summit and a Yas Island concert by international rapper Kanye West.

“Abu Dhabi Airports Company is eager to use this opportunity to introduce delegates to the huge investment being made by Abu Dhabi into its aviation infrastructure and to develop stronger working relationships with key stakeholders and strategic partners who play a crucial role in bringing Abu Dhabi’s vision for air transport to life.”

Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau is supporting the conference under its Advantage Abu Dhabi business events incentive programme, which is seen as central to its campaign to be listed, by the International Conventions and Congresses Association (ICCA), among the Top 50 association meetings destinations within the next five years. In 2012 Abu Dhabi city made it to the Top 100 of ICCA’s rankings.

“The business events sector is delivering significant guest nights and economic benefits to the emirate with the Convention Bureau having sealed five major conventions in as many months with more in the pipeline,” said HE Jassem Al Darmaki, Deputy Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi.

About IATA
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 240 airlines or 84% of total air traffic. It supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

About Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, ADAC assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, ADAC added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

About Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder

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