Dubai Tourism greets meeting planners to Emirate

atm-dubai-stall-300x185One hundred decision-makers and business journalists from Europe were in Dubai this past week, taking part in Dubai Tourism’s efforts to boost the city’s global status and establish it as a top destination for international business events.
The familiarisation trip was coordinated by Dubai Business Events, more specifically by a division of Dubai Tourism – the Official Convention Bureau.

This event was a part of its strategy to promote Dubai as a ‘must-experience’ destination for business travellers. Another point was to reaffirm Dubai’s capabilities of hosting meeting, conferences as week as corporate and incentive-based travel events of any scale.

By inviting meeting planners and business events journalists to directly experience Dubai, DBE is looking to establish a platform for the emirate’s business events offering and increase the number of visitors and business events hosted by the city every year.

Members of the group visited popular sites such as Burj Khalifa, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Dubai Mall, The Palace Hotel, the Dubai World Trade Centre and Madinat Jumeirah.

According to Dubai’s ‘Tourism Vision for 2020′, government and private sector partners want to double the number of tourists visiting Dubai by 2020 and receive 20 million travellers per year.

A breakdown of the numbers show the emirate wants to double leisure visitors to 17 million per year by 200 while also increasing business visitors to 3.5 million people per year – a 50 per cent increase over the current figures.



Luxury Player Chic Outlet Shopping® Joins IT&CM China 2015 For The First Time

ITCM-India-2014Fresh from a successful stint at IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2014, Chic Outlet Shopping®, a unique outlet shopping concept created by Value Retail, has confirmed its participation at IT&CM China 2015.
Chic Outlet Shopping® will showcase its unique MICE offer which combines luxury brand shopping with incentives, meetings and events in bespoke packages for businesses. Home to leading luxury fashion and lifestyle brands with savings of up to 60%, the ten Villages in the Collection across Europe and China are ideally situated for inclusion on business travel itineraries due to its locations in regions of cultural and historic renown.
Marcelo Molinari, Deputy Tourism Director – Global Marketing Team of Value Retail underscored the unique setting of Chic Outlet Shopping® for business meetings, “Shopping is becoming an increasingly popular choice for Business Tourism events. Each unique destination, with architecture inspired by the region of its location, offers luxury shopping from internationally-renowned brands in a safe, secure and atmospheric ‘village’ setting. Defined by high fashion, superior service and hospitality, a calendar of celebrated events and exceptional value for money, the Villages have become international tourist destinations in their own right.”

He went on, “There are on-site experts in each Village who will create tailored programmes based on clients’ individual objectives. Event organisers can fully utilize the exclusive hire of the Village and use of VIP facilities, extensive bespoke branding opportunities to fully customize guests’ experience, valet parking on arrival, private
boutique viewings and private dining in VIP suites or restaurants.”
The World Tourism Cities Federation reports that the volume of expenditure by Chinese tourists has hit a new high, with an increase of 26.8% from 2012 to 2013. Wang Lei, Director of C.I.T.S International MICE shared insights from the Chinese clientele he serves, “There is a rising trend of Chinese travellers heading to such shopping destinations. Suppliers like Chic Outlet Shopping® are in a prime position to ride on this trend with their
unique offerings.”

Of particular interest to IT&CM China delegates will be the latest Village in the Collection and the brand’s first in China, Suzhou Village, near Shanghai. Opened in May 2014, Suzhou Village is located on the picturesque shores of the Yangcheng Lake and has a distinctive selection of international and Asian brands. With extensive facilities for Business Tourism groups, including a private lounge, rooftop terrace and multi-function rooms for business
presentations, Suzhou Village makes the perfect setting for groups and events of any size. A Shanghai village – the 11th in the collection – is scheduled to open in October this year.

Source:- IT&CM China

Cipriani Yas Island allures meeting planners with innovative offerings

CiprianiSynonymous with timeless luxury, quality and above all simplicity, Cipriani is a brand globally recognised for its distinguished venues and impeccable service from Ibiza to New York, Hong Kong to Venice. As the brand’s first location in the Middle East, Cipriani Yas Island offers a varied range of event spaces whilst embodying the tradition and style of the brand.


Featuring signature dishes from Harry’s Bar in Venice – Carpaccio alla Cipriani, Risotto Primavera and Baked Tagliolini – the restaurant offers daily menu specials, as well as set menus, ranging in price and tailored to suit the individual event. In line with Cipriani’s esteemed reputation, this far exceeds the standard set menu formula.
The Bellini Lounge, named after the world-famous Bellini invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, features high-bar stools and a beautiful glass countertop. Modelled after the original Harry’s Bar in Venice, the lounge is capable of hosting up to 50 guests, making it a great space for cocktail receptions or small events.
Alternatively, The Harry Cipriani Room is a formal, exclusive dining space equipped with its own private kitchen and bar. Featuring panoramic views of the Yas Marina, this room can host a theatre setup of up to 40 guests, is perfect for a reception or even a conference.
The Crown Prince Room seats up to 20 comfortably, and is a favourite among the many royal dignitaries who visit Cipriani Yas Island. Designed in the style of a gentlemen’s private lounge, guests can leaf through the well-stocked library whilst indulging in conversation and fine dining.
For further exclusivity, The Venetian Room is fitted with interior sliding doors that separate it from the main restaurant. Capable of hosting up to 40 guests in a cabaret-style setting, the wide sweeping exterior doors of the room also allow for private access onto the terrace.
Overlooking the entire Yas Marina and Yas Marina circuit, The Terrace is one of the best spots for a memorable event. Perched over the waters, this iconic outdoor space with its capacity of 150 guests is perfect for events such as a sunset cocktail.
With Abu Dhabi continuing its ascendance as a global destination for business, Cipriani Yas Island is perfectly placed to cater for this ever-increasing market. Be it an intimate dinner, corporate function or lavish wedding reception, there are a wealth of entirely flexible options. For a truly unique experience, the 360-seat restaurant boasts a state-of-the-art surround sound system and can also be booked in its entirety.

Kuala Lumpur bags the honor to host the Hemophilia Congress in 2020

kuala-lumpur-300x212Kuala Lumpur has once again shown its pedigree when it won the bid to host the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) World Congress in 2020, adding to its list of international events to be held that year.

According to Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the biennial WFH World Congress will generate an estimated RM55 million in economic impact with 4,300 delegates from around the world expected in attendance. Set to be the largest international meeting dedicated to the advancement of treatments to improve the lives of people with genetic bleeding disorders including hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, rare factor deficiencies, and inherited platelet disorders, the WFH World Congress is the most significant international forum that brings together hemophilia organisations and clinicians from around the world to educate on hemophiliacs and advocate improved medical treatment for hemophilia patients.

In Malaysia, the national member organisation of WFH is the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia. In line with MyCEB’s goal of attracting major healthcare conferences to Malaysia, the Congress will see an impressive line-up of speakers comprising leading experts in the field of inherited blood disorders and healthcare officials. The Congress will showcase the latest scientific and clinical developments in research, diagnostics and disease management.

Besides a meeting place for patients with bleeding disorders and their families, the Congress will see a multidisciplinary programme on emerging topics in the inherited bleeding disorders field will also be organised.

Zulkefli Haji Sharif, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, said “One of MyCEB’s goals is to make Malaysia the choice destination in business events and meetings for healthcare professionals. As such, we are proud that Kuala Lumpur is given the nod by the World Federation of Hemophilia as the venue for its 2020 World Congress.

“The bidding process was a long and exciting journey for our team who worked closely with the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia to produce the winning submission.”Dato’ Dr Faraizah Dato’ Abd Karim, President of the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia, said that the WFH members impressed by Malaysia’s comprehensive bid to host the event and look forward to bringing the World Congress to Kuala Lumpur in 2020. “Our vision for the year 2020 Congress is ‘treatment for all’, as currently 75% of people with bleeding disorders do not receive adequate treatment. Therefore, the WFH World Congress 2020 is an important global platform for healthcare professionals to meet, discuss and raise awareness on these health disorders,” Dato’ Dr Faraizah added.

37 million people visited Australia on business events in 2014

Business-Events-Council-of-Australia-BECAThe Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) released a report by Ernst & Young (EY) highlighting that: Over 37 million people attended more than 412,000 business events across Australia in financial year 2013-14. This generated $28 billion in direct expenditure, 13.5 billion in direct value added, 179,357 direct jobs and $23.1 billion in total economic contribution (GDP).
The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is an active member of BECA, and played a key role in the strategic development of the study. The EY report also accentuates the work AACB conducted in partnership with Deloitte Access Economics in 2014 on Australia’s International Business Events Sector: the Economic and Strategic Value Proposition.
AACB President Lyn Lewis-Smith welcomed the new report, as it further highlights the significant contribution that business events add to the Australian economy including jobs, taxes, productivity and regional dispersal.
“The Australian business events sector is now armed with a strong case warranting recognition and support by all levels of government. These important and complimentary findings also provide further backing to the Federal Government’s recent announcement of a new framework to attract business events to Australia.”
The EY research points out that the share of international delegates has increased three-fold in the total meeting and convention market over the last decade.
“This increase is significant to Australia,” added Lewis-Smith. “International business events and their delegates play a very important role by bringing new money into the country and offering trade and investment opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise occur.”
“The high yielding economic and strategic legacies resulting from business events continue long after the event has been held. Business events also play an integral part in contributing to the visitor and knowledge economies, helping Australia achieve its Tourism 2020 targets.”
“With the growth potential of Asian markets, government support is essential to ensure convention bureaux are in the best position to identify, bid for and win business events that align with national priority areas and better connect industry, academia, government and the private sector,” concluded Lewis-Smith.

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