UAE Embassy in Austria holds symposium to boost tourism industry

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The UAE Embassy in Austria has hosted a virtual symposium entitled “Tourism between the UAE and Austria”, in which a group of top officials in the tourism and aviation sectors participated.

The executives of Vienna Airport, the Austrian National Tourist Office, and the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, as well as regional directors of national airlines, were among the attendees.

During the conference, UAE Ambassador Mr. Ibrahim Salim Al Musharrakh emphasized the importance of tourism to the UAE economy and discussed the country’s most significant achievements and measures to recover tourism while adhering to the best practices for safe travel during the epidemic.

He also emphasized the necessity of bolstering relations between the UAE and Austria in the tourism industry in order to accomplish shared goals, highlighting the embassy’s eagerness to advance collaboration in this crucial sector.

Mr. Al Musharrakh also emphasized the significance of Expo 2020 Dubai in reviving the sector and luring tourists from Austria to the UAE, citing the event’s expected influence on the economy and investment, particularly in travel and tourism sectors. The participants expressed their optimism about strengthening UAE-Austria ties in the tourism sector.

The European country famed for its ornate palaces and untouched nature is reopening to vaccinated travelers from more destinations from this month, with unvaccinated children under 18 also welcome to visit.

The country also announced last month that citizens and residents of the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to fly to Austria with no quarantine requirements.

The Austrian Tourism Board had also started a campaign called Travel Builds Bridges to commemorate the return of travel, with the goal of “rebuilding the bridge between people and countries to once again celebrate the freedom of travel and tourism.” The campaign runs across 15 countries and encourages travel to Austria for holidays, business, education and medical tourism.

The UAE Ministry of Finance (MoF) had signed a protocol earlier this month to amend the agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation, Prevention of Tax Evasion concerning taxes on income and strengthen relation with Austria.

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