KHALEEJ TIMES, Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 | Zul Qaadah 8, 1440
Dubai sees increase in delegate impact from business event bid wins
Dubai Business Events (DBE) has recorded exceptional results during the
first half of 2019, securing 118 successful bid wins for events to be hosted in
Dubai over the coming years.
These events won in H1 2019, including conferences, meetings and incentives, are
set to attract 75,288 delegates from around the globe to Dubai over the coming
years, representing growth of 17 per cent on the delegate impact of bid wins
from the same period in 2018.
Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said:
"Dubai continues to consolidate its position as a leading destination for global
travel and business events, and the recent bid wins are a testimony to the
strides we have made as a city to attract and host large scale business events.
With the DBE team working closely with stakeholders to ensure that the city has
the robust capabilities to cater to a wide range of business events, we are
seeing meetings planners and decision makers are finding the city to be an
increasingly compelling option. We would like to thank our partners and
stakeholders for their ongoing support in driving the contribution of business
events to achieving our overall tourism strategy."
During H1, Dubai won a variety of key business events across multiple sectors
and industries, including: the Amway China Leadership Seminar 2020, which is
expected to attract 8,000 delegates; Sun Hope International Incentive 2020, with
1,500 delegates; World Hospital Congress 2021, with 1,100 delegates; Geospatial
Week 2021, with 750 delegates; and AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress
2025, with 3,000 delegates.
Dubai Business Events also built on its efforts to engage with meetings industry
professionals, both in the city and around the world, through a busy calendar of
trade shows, roadshows, study missions and other engagements. At IMEX, a major
annual trade show in Frankfurt for the meetings industry, Dubai Business Events
was joined by 30 co-exhibitors including Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai World Trade
Centre, Emirates, and Expo 2020 Dubai, demonstrating a strong focus on news and
upcoming offerings and business events infrastructure in the city.
The city's official bureau also hosted five study missions, including groups
from India and Europe, which attracted 205 planners and buyers during the first
half of 2019. In addition to these inbound missions, DBE also organised
roadshows across key markets, visiting cities including London, Toronto, Moscow
and Chennai. These roadshows and study missions acted as a platform to meet and
engage with key decision makers around the world, and to educate them about the
city's offerings as well as services offered by Dubai Business Events.
Steen Jakobsen, assistant vice president of Dubai Business Events, said: "Dubai
continues to see a healthy pipeline of meetings, conferences, congresses and
incentives which will take place over the coming years, and this is a testament
to the combined efforts of stakeholders and partners across the city and the DBE
team in Dubai and in our international offices. The past six months have been a
busy and productive period in terms of DBE's ongoing activities and projects,
and Dubai's elevation on a global scale has been supported by new hotel and
venue openings, as well as activities and attractions in the city. These
developments directly contribute to providing planners with a wide array of
options and possibilities when it comes to their events. We look forward to
building on this in the second half of 2019, engaging with our stakeholders to
promote the city, convert bids into more wins and identify new events to bring