Formerly the senior European manager for Dubai Business Events, he will oversee the development of the airline’s B2B MICE strategy and the growth of this sector.
His focus will be on building strategic relations with key Abu Dhabi stakeholders, including convention bureaus, convention centres, hotels and destination management companies, as well as leading tourism organisations such as Tourism Australia and Etihad’s own destination management company, Hala Group.
In addition to this, he will be responsible for promoting Etihad Airways as the preferred airline partner to the outbound business event sector, for agency, corporate and association event organisers.
James Harrison, UK general manager at Etihad Airways, said: "Maris brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge of developing both new and existing clients. His role will be to grow revenue even further by promoting Etihad Airways to key outbound meetings and events accounts across the UK."
Commenting on his appointment, Kuklis added: "I am thrilled to have joined Etihad Airways at such an exciting time in the company’s development. During a period of significant growth for the airline, opportunities with the meetings and events industry are enormous, and I am confident that I can use my experience to ensure the success and growth of the MICE business in Abu Dhabi and across the network."
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