ABU DHABI, 20th April, 2017 (WAM) -- Abu Dhabi has been named as the
world’s "Most Outstanding MICE Destination" at a prestigious awards
ceremony in New Delhi, India.
The emirate beat competition from Singapore, the United Kingdom and
Jordan to secure the coveted prize, which is handed out annually at
the Travel and Hospitality annual awards ceremony in the Indian
The award follows the recent recognition from the International
Congress and Convention Association, ICCA, which has seen Abu Dhabi
now rise to 73rd position for cities which attract international
associations annually, making the UAE capital the fastest-growing
destination in the Middle East.
The Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, a division of Abu Dhabi Culture and
Tourism Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, made significant strides in
attracting business into the emirate last year. In total the bureau
successfully submitted applications, along with partners and
stakeholders, to host 14 conferences which are expected to attract
more than 35,000 delegates.
Among the key events earmarked for the emirate this year are World
Skills – the world’s largest vocational skills competition – which is
set to take place in October with 7,000 participants and the
International Diabetes Federation 2017 Congress in December, which is
expected to attract 15,000 delegates.
Bejan Dinshaw, India Country Manager for TCA Abu Dhabi, who received
the award from Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation,
said, "Abu Dhabi continues to make excellent progress in attracting
the worldwide MICE industry to the emirate and our Convention Bureau
saw a record 2016 for attracting business. We are delighted to be
recognised with this award in India – which is Abu Dhabi’s largest
international source market for hotel guest arrivals, rising a highly
impressive 15 percent during 2016."