More than 300 events secured in 2019, which are set to attract over 150,000 delegates to the city. Hotel room night pipeline grows to over one million for events confirmed for 2020 and beyond. Al Safeer Congress Ambassadors Programme witnesses steady expansion – from 316 ambassadors in 2018 to 342 in 2019
Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, recorded a total of 301 successful bids for meetings, conferences and incentives in 2019. Set to attract an expected 150,095 delegates to Dubai over the coming years, the winning bids will deliver approximately 620,000 room nights for the city and, added to wins from previous years, means the total expected hotel room night pipeline stood at 1,031,060 at the start of 2020. The city’s convention bureau also witnessed steady growth of its Al Safeer Congress Ambassadors Programme, with 342 active ambassadors in 2019, up from 316 ambassadors in 2018.

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The globally unique film-print multimedia competition for the tourism industry. “The Golden City Gate” is a benchmark and a must for creative people and clients, as the current and worldwide creations, ideas and multimedia expressions compete in an international competition. Last minute participation is possible until February 10th 2020.

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry today issues its lightning poll results.
In mid-January, the first cases of the new coronavirus began to be reported. The virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has continued to spread quickly across the globe. Since then there have been mandatory quarantines, canceled airline flights, and serious effects on the global financial markets. With these developments, GBTA polled its global buyer members to assess the concern and impact of the coronavirus. View the full poll here.

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In light of the ongoing Novel Coronavirus, organisers of IT&CM China and CTW China have decided, in the interest, well-being and safety of all valued event delegates and stakeholders, to defer the 2020 event to 3 – 5 August, subject to the recovery and control of the outbreak.
This course of action of deferring mass gatherings including large-scale exhibitions and conferences like IT&CM China and CTW China, is in line with advisories by health and government authorities (e.g. WHO) to prevent, contain, and mitigate spread of the virus. Further, as the status of the outbreak is constantly evolving, the postponement of the event is deemed to be the most appropriate step at this point when travel risk to / within China is heightened, and health and safety are immediate concerns on the top of everyone’s minds.

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The UK is finally leaving the EU tonight, but there remains much speculation about potential future visa requirements for holidaymakers.Nick Wyatt, Head of R&A and Travel & Tourism at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on why more burdensome entry requirements for tourists would benefit nobody:
“Nobody gains from a tightening of entry requirements for tourists, so it is hard to envisage any change to the decision announced in April 2019 – namely that visas will not be required for short stays.

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The IMEX Group is inviting organisations to share their sustainable stories and submit their best, most exciting innovations for the IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award, presented at IMEX in Frankfurt, 12 – 14 May 2020.
Sustainable innovation is now gaining momentum in the events sector. Take Rotterdam – the city has several unique and sustainable venues, including the solar-powered Floating Pavilion and the Floating Farm, a working dairy farm. Hotels are rethinking design in order to connect guests more closely with nature – Singapore’s PARKROYAL on Pickering is nicknamed the ‘jungle hotel’ because it’s designed as a high-rise garden, with plants cascading from exterior and interior walls. Even event giveaways – traditionally single use plastic products – have morphed into healthy and biodegrable branded fruit.

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