ADFH wins Middle East’s Responsible Tourism Award

he Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) has been awarded the Middle East’s Responsible Tourism Award by the globally renowned World Travel Awards (WTA).

The World Travel Awards’ Middle East gala was held on May 5th, 2013 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai, UAE where ADFH celebrated winning the prestigious accolade. The annual WTA programme has become known as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry, where votes are made by professionals working within travel and tourism, as well as the general public. World Travel Awards are considered as the so-called “Oscars” of the international travel and tourism industry. The category of the Responsible Tourism Awards recognises individuals or organisations that are making a significant contribution to the culture and economies of local communities and are having a positive impact on biodiversity conservation.

The hospital began welcoming tourists in 2007, as a major diversification of its services. In the past six years, it has opened its doors to tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world, making it one of the most sought after tourism destinations in the Emirate. Since then, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has experienced an annual increase of visitors by 20%.

Dr Margit Muller, Director, Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital said: “At ADFH, we celebrate the majestic falcon species and appreciate what role it plays in our society, so it is rewarding to be recognised internationally for our efforts in preserving the art of falconry as it continues to be an important element of UAE culture among today’s - and tomorrow’s - generations. Since opening our doors to global visitors in 2007, ADFH has provided people with the unique opportunity to get close to an important element of UAE culture and heritage - falconry.”

The guided tours feature a combination of cultural tourism and wildlife tourism, and are held twice daily on weekdays. In 2012, ADFH established an advanced online booking system for its tours through its website, and teamed up with major tour operators and hotels to make tour bookings for local and international visitors even more accessible. For its unique tourism program and quality of its performance and services, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) has already been honoured with 16 international awards. Moreover, in 2012, the hospital received the Certificate of Excellence by the world’s largest travel site, Trip Advisor, for its tour programme which recognizes ADFH for earning exceptional traveller ratings over the past year

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