Category Archives: Exhibitions

Arab luxury world 2016 maps luxury business in ME

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Arab luxury world, a conference on the business of luxury in the MENA region is being held on June 1 and 2, 2016 in Dubai. The conference provides a platform for meaningful discussions, sharing ideas and networking with industry experts. The two-day conference by Mediaquest Corp, welcomed the who’s who of the regional luxury sector, from Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, Perfumes and Cosmetics, Premium Cars, Tourism, and Art and Culture. The conference kicked off with the key note address by Patrick Chalhoub, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chalhoub Group. He gave a clear insight to the luxury market in terms of tourism, hospitality, retail and other sectors. He stated that the region was transforming from abundance to an age of maturity, knowledge, seriousness and more rigorous governance. He reiterated that these are the times to better understand the underlying forces that are reshaping the luxury industry in the Middle East. There were several key macro-economic events in 2015 which had a strong impact on the luxury market. It entails the depreciation of the Russian rouble, break down of the Chinese stock market, Saudi stock market slows down by 50%and the oil price drop.

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Oman boosts MICE with new Convention Bureau

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Oman Tourism Ministry has established a new Oman Convention Bureau, which is set to make the country a major regional centre for MICE. Talking of the new initiative, Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism, Oman says, “The Ministry of Tourism is fully committed towards enhancing the MICE sector in Oman to help the Sultanate achieve its potential to be a first class destination for this sector. Our Tourism Strategy for 2040 has MICE as a major pillar for the future to help us grow and enhance the industry. “The objective of the Bureau is to support the international and local organizations in hosting their events and cater to their requirements. The main aim is to promote Oman as an ideal destination for the MICE tourism sector” The Ministry has appointed its esteemed Director, Khalid Al Zadjali, to become the Managing Director of the new Oman Convention Bureau. He says, “The Ministry’s initiative in establishing the Bureau under its supervision is an important milestone in building the solid foundations that will help us achieve our objectives in the MICE tourism sector in the future. “We will enhance this sector and regulate the processes to ensure the smoothest experience for organisations wishing to host events in Oman and actively promote what Oman has to offer to the MICE market internationally.” It is believed that the MICE area will receive a significant boost in 2016 with the scheduled opening of the Oman Convention Centre in Muscat in the last quarter of this year. The convention centre will include state of the art theatres, conference rooms and four hotels with almost 1000 rooms along with major exhibition halls that …

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ATM 2016 records 7% increase in visitors


The recently concluded Arabian Travel Market (ATM) from April 25-28, 2016, at the Dubai World Trade Center declared an increase of 7 per cent in terms of visitor numbers and 9 per cent increase from 2015 in the number of Buyer’s Club members with over 28,000 trade visitors which included VIPs, sponsors and speakers attending the show released by Reed Travel Exhibitions. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, ATM has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the region and one of the biggest in the world. The 2016 edition had an additional hall, with 423 main stand holders representing 86 countries, 64 country pavilions and over 100 new exhibitors making their debut. Main focus was the mid-market segment targeted at various new markets with wellness and responsible tourism playing a key role as well. One of the most interesting seminars was the discussion on UAE being the global tourism hub.

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