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Category News & Media
Date 18 Feb 2020
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) will host a dedicated “Meetings Intelligence Workshop” to strengthen the UAE’s position in the international meetings market.
Taking place in Ras Al Khaimah at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel on the 1st & 2nd March 2020, the event forms part of an ongoing partnership between Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and the ICCA to address the increasing competition stemming from the shift of the international meetings market to the Middle East.
Specially designed for meetings suppliers and industry professionals, the workshop will address the bidding process and business development opportunities for association meetings and will host interactive sessions with recognised international stakeholders to share expertise, best practice and knowledge. Focus will be placed on subjects such as customer insights and successful bidding processes, with representatives from Spain, the UAE, Egypt, Oman and Saudi Arabia, including Convention Bureaus, Convention & Exhibition Centres, PCOs and DMCs, participating in the workshop. This will be complemented by a panel discussion for up to 40 guests with key stakeholders in the region.
Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism, comments, “The common objective of the workshop is to share knowledge, address challenges and learn best practices with meetings management professionals. Participants and speakers are those looking to deepen their knowledge of association meetings and are interested in high-level education with a chance to network with leading PCOs from all over the world.”
The event will welcome a series of key speakers headed by Mubarak Al Shamisi, Middle East representative on the ICCA Board of Directors and Director of the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, who has more than 15 years of experience in the travel and meetings industry. Khalid Al Zadjali, ICCA Middle East Chapter Chair and Director of the Oman Convention Bureau, and Raki Phillips, CEO Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, will also take part and provide their unique insight in the field.
MICE professionals in attendance will include Juan José García, CMO of BCO Congresos and former 1st Vice-President of ICCA, Diego Juarez, Business Executive for the Sevilla Tourism Board and Project Coordinator at Andalusian Soul, and Anju Gomes, ICCA Director Middle East.
Further information on the Meetings Intelligence Workshop can be found here.
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