Dubai hosts international travel professionals

Posted: 02-Jan-17 10:13

As part of its ongoing initiative to increase international tourism to the city, Dubai recently hosted almost 1,000 foreign travel professionals. Delegates were introduced to the city through a series of familiarization trips which showcased the city’s many attractions and activities. Dubai hopes to increase the number of international visitors by 20 million in the next three years.

Dubai hosts international travel professionals

Dubai Tourism recently welcomed almost 1,000 travel industry professionals to the city to showcase Dubai’s many tourist attractions. The organisation welcomed travel professionals to the city through a series of familiarisation trips. The event included travel industry insiders from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Dubai Tourism hopes to dramatically increase international tourism into the city by 2020. The familiarisation trips are part of the organisation’s commitment to promoting the city’s many activities such as Dubai Opera, IMG Worlds of Adventure, and Dubai Parks and Resorts.

Issam Kazim, chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, hopes that the trips will provide delegates with the opportunity to experience Dubai’s attractions, as well as help in the forging of relationships between the Dubai tourism industry and international travel professionals.

During the familiarisation trips, Dubai hosted several specific groups from the emerging economies of Brazil and China. Sino-UAE relations benefitted from visas on arrival between both countries. The city was also host to delegates from the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Turkey.

Dubai was also host to high-level conference planners and association executives as part of the 2016 BestCities Global Forum, which was organized in partnership with the BestCities Alliance, an international network of convention bureaus connecting 11 meeting destinations.

Dubai Tourism has a key initiative of bringing 20 million international visitors to the city each year by 2020, which would double the number who visited the city in 2012. The initiative would make Dubai the most visited destination in the Middle East.

A city which in its recent past was little more than a sleepy fishing village, Dubai has risen rapidly to become a major destination for both tourism and business. It is home to the world’s highest building, the world’s tallest hotel, the world’s biggest mall, the world’s largest indoor amusement park, and the world’s largest manmade island. Frequently hailed as a major luxury shopping destination, Dubai is more than just expansive, high-end shopping. It is also one of the world’s most architecturally and technologically innovative cities. 

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