TCA Abu Dhabi welcomes its 100 newest toursim Ambassadors. TCA Abu Dhabi welcomes its 100 newest toursim Ambassadors.

One hundred Emiratis, employed in more than 44 organisations in the UAE public and private sectors, have graduated from the latest Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) Ambassador programme.

The graduation ceremony held at the five-star Jumeirah Etihad Towers brings the overall TCA Abu Dhabi Ambassador programme alumni to 277 representing the financial, education, media, oil & gas, telecommunications, governmental, defence, healthcare, transport, investment, real estate, motorsport, sports, culture and tourism sectors.

“The programme has come a long way since its relatively small beginnings as a joint venture with Reed Exhibitions and Zayed University to provide informed guides for visitors to the annual GIBTM business tourism fair," said HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman, TCA Abu Dhabi.

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"The programme’s reach has since been significantly expanded with many of its graduates over the years now in challenging and satisfying careers throughout our vibrant tourism sector, some within the TCA Abu Dhabi workforce,” he added.

At the graduation ceremony, seven ambassadors were awarded for their performances and awarded trips to the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, situated on the royal nature reserve on Sir Bani Yas Island.

For 2013, another 100 would-be Ambassadors will be selected from 600 applicants with 10 places available for disabled applicants while there will also be two dedicated ‘fast-track’ programmes with one aimed at educating local personalities from the arts and media sector and the second targeting immigration personnel.