Dubai showcases business travel attractions at GIBTM

ABU DHABI — Dubai, the region’s largest trading, commercial and tourism hub — which also boasts of being the centre of the region’s largest business tourism facilities, is showcasing its facilities and attractions at the Gulf International Business Travel Mart (GIBTM), which started on Monday.

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Published: Wed 30 Mar 2011, 11:08 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:27 PM

GIBTM is the premier three-day exhibition for the global meetings and incentives (otherwise known as MICE) industry, taking place at the ADNEC exhibition centre in Abu Dhabi.

GIBTM is under the patronage of Shaikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, and is participated by major players in the Gulf’s MICE tourism sector — an important contributor to the economy. The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is leading 48 co-participants at the GIBTM 2011. Its stand spreads across 387.75 square metres and hosts 32 booth. This is DTCM’s fifth year of participation at the event.

Dubai hosts 573 hotels and hotel apartments including 352 hotels and 191 hotel apartments. About 30 new hotels opened in Dubai last year.

Total room capacity witnessed a 15 per cent growth to 70,955 rooms and apartments at the end of last year, compared to 61,487 in 2009. The emirates added 7,696 rooms to its hotel inventory last year to reach 51,115, up from 43,419 in 2009. However, 1,772 serviced apartments were added to the hotel apartments capacity to 19,840 last year, up from 18,068 in 2009.

Each hotel in Dubai has multiple meetings capacity while most of them have large halls and ball rooms that helps the industry to hold large conferences, meetings, seminars and exhibitions.

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) holds the Middle East’s largest convention venue with eight exhibition halls, multiple meeting rooms and two hotels attached to it. The venue is undergoing a massive expansion that will see more than 20 new towers being built as part of the Dubai World Trade Centre District development.

In addition, Dubai is also building the Dubai Exhibition City (DEC) that once built, will raise the city’s convention capacities to a new level.

The aim of the GIBTM is to provide a business platform in the Gulf and Middle East region for international and regional venues, hotels, destinations and suppliers to meet with meeting planners, incentive travel buyers and those involved in the meetings and incentives industry.

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