The programme welcomes guests from across the globe with Australia, Germany and the UK providing the largest visitor numbers.
To meet the increasing demand, Hala Abu Dhabi Stopover Programme and staff continue to offer competitive rates and multiple packages, working closely with travel agents to provide business, tourism and cultural services.
Etihad Airways is the only airline in the region which offers two stays for the price of one and excursions as part of their stopover programme.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Vice President UAE Commercial, said: “One of Hala Abu Dhabi’s strategic mandates is to promote Abu Dhabi as a destination and contribute to its growth in the tourism sector.”
“As a leading world airline, Etihad Airways focus is to connect people and places, and we are delighted to offer guests from all over the world the opportunity to explore the dynamic city of Abu Dhabi and enjoy the Arabian hospitality.”
More than 30 per cent of the stopover travellers have used the tours and excursions offered in the emirate.
The programme includes a range of experiences from visits to the Arabian desert, a trip to one of the world’s largest mosques, a tour to Yas Island and sampling world class hotels and restaurants.
The most popular tours booked are the Hala sunset drive and BBQ, the Hala story of Abu Dhabi city tour which includes Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld.
Hala Abu Dhabi’s Stopover Programme offers 53 hotels ranging from three to five star properties in the emirate, with the most popular choice being Jumeirah Etihad Towers.
Stefan Fuchs, General Manager, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers said, “We are pleased with our partnership with Hala Abu Dhabi’s Stopover Programme and have witnessed significant growth in stopover guests year on year.
“This proves the success of the programme in promoting Abu Dhabi as a holiday destination and continues to generate awareness about the emirate globally.”
As part of the programme, the hotel prices starts from USD 36 for 3 star, USD 53 for 4 star, USD 55 for 5 star per person, per night and the number of Abu Dhabi hotels have increased from 47 to 53.
In addition, the programme increased the 24 hours check-in from 28 hotels to 38 hotels in the emirate and have included 2 Deluxe Hotel Apartments in Abu Dhabi, which are Danat Residence Hotel Apartments and Majlis Grand Mercure Residence. The Park Hyatt hotel on Saadiyat Island was also added to the list of hotel offerings.
Hala Abu Dhabi Stopover Programme was launched in 2013, offering guests airport Meet & Assist service, transportation, accommodation, tours, visa processing services and corporate hospitalities.