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DTCM Director General holds talks with Incentive Industry Experts and Libyan Tourism Official

Travel News Asia 10 February 2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketings (DTCM) Director General, Mr. Khalid A bin Sulayem, has held discussions on tourism industry trends, Dubai promotions, and the MICE sector developments with the President and CEO of Society of Incentive and Travel Executives (SITE) and the Undersecretary at the Libyan Ministry of Tourism.

In the first meeting held at the Mina A Salam hotel on the sidelines of the first-ever SITE Executive Summit being held in the Middle East, Mr. bin Sulayem held talks with Mr.Roger Tondeur, President of SITE, and Ms. Brenda Anderson, CEO of SITE. 

Their discussions were related to the trends in the incentive and meetings industry, the unique advantages of Dubai in terms of geographical location and facilities, and the marketing and promotional agenda of the department and Dubai Convention Bureau (DCB) which operates under its umbrella.

The meeting was attended by senior DTCM officials, including DCB Director, Mr. Awadh Al Seghayer.

Mr. bin Sulayem briefed the international incentive industry experts about the role of the department and DCB in Dubais tourism sector and the initiatives launched and planned to make Dubai the most preferred MICE destination.

Mr. Tondeur said the future belongs to Dubai given the impressive infrastructure in place and the marketing and promotional agenda being pursued by the department and DCB to garner a greater share of the markets it has been tapping aggressively.

He said the decision to hold the first-ever SITE Executive Summit in the Middle East in Dubai was taken after studying the world-class facilities and services that the emirate offers to leisure and business travellers alike.

Dubai, he said, was all set to play a significant role as one of the choice destinations for the incentive travel industry.

A not-for-profit professional organisation, the 30-year-old SITE has 1,800 members with 28 chapters in 82 countries. 

In another meeting at the DTCM Head Office, Mr. bin Sulayem received Dr. Oraiby Ahmed, Undersecretary at the Libyas Ministry of Tourism and discussed the departments role in strengthening cooperation with different countries and cultural and heritage programmes lined up for the DSF-2004.

Libya is participating in a Bedouin lifestyle festival organised by the department at the Heritage Village as part of its calendar of events for the DSF-2004.

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