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The Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB) reported a fruitful first quarter (Q1) of this year, during which it licensed some 2,484 various events, from which MICE events marked a nine percent year-on-year increase.

In a bid to promote the UAE as a burgeoning global tourism and MICE destination, du has announced a partnership with Tink Labs Limited, to introduce handy, an innovative, in-room smartphone for hotels, set to offer country-wide connectivity to guests at four- and five-star properties in Dubai.

Dusit International has signed a management consultancy agreement with Sanguantas Development Company to operate dusitD2 Chaengwattana, an upscale corporate hotel in Bangkok in close-proximity to Don Mueang Airport, amid a range of key business, leisure and MICE destinations.

WITH ABU DHABI HAILED AS THE FASTEST GROWING MICE DESTINATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST, MATHIEU VAN ALPHEN, HOTEL GENERAL MANAGER, BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI, EXPLAINS WHY THE EMIRATE IS LIKE NO OTHER.

ANUPAM SINGH has taken on the role of assistant director of sales – MICE for Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai.

Stuart Pain has been appointed as the new sales manager for the MICE sector at Atlantis The Palm, bringing with him more than 10 years of hospitality and sales experience.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of a management agreement with Golden Wave for a new 367-key Crowne Plaza hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Following the October opening of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), the establishment will further strengthen and position Oman as a growing business hub for MICE.

AS THE UAE CAPITAL CONTINUES TO CONSOLIDATE ITS POSITION ON THE GLOBAL TOURISM MAP, ENAD TANNOUS, CLUSTER GENERAL MANAGER, CENTRO CAPITAL CENTRE AND CAPITAL CENTRE ARJAAN BY ROTANA, ABU DHABI, REFLECTS ON THE DESTINATION'S RISING APPEAL.

Sam Jones

SAM JONES has been named director, sales at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre.