Dubai is all set to play host to the prestigious annual convention of the world’s third largest travel association that brings more than 1,200 decision-makers of Germany’s influential travel industry to the emirate for five days starting October 12.
Dubai’s travel industry has extended its support and cooperation through the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and its Dubai Convention Bureau (DCB) in ensuring the successful staging of the annual gathering of German Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (DRV).
The emirate is the seventh venue outside Europe to host the convention in DRV’s 55-year history and the first on the Arabian Peninsula.
The state-of-the-art Dubai International Convention Centre (DICC) is the venue of the convention being attended by the DRV board members and chairpersons of the biggest travel groups in Europe. A gala opening ceremony with the presence of VIPs from Germany and Dubai has also been planned.
DRV has over 5,000 national and international members, including the biggest European tour operators, TUI, Thomas Cook and Rewe Touristik. More than 80 % of German travellers organise their holidays through the DRV member-companies.
Dubai Convention Bureau’s (DCB) Director, Mr. Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, said: “The DRV convention will be a high point in the strong ties that exist between Dubai and Germany. We see a great future and wonderful period of growth in bilateral relations, especially in the travel sector.”
He added: “This convention will encourage more German companies and associations to benefit from Dubai’s unmatched capabilities and strategic advantages. This convention strongly reflects the long-lasting relationship we have developed with influential institutions like the DRV.”
Special facilities, including the setting up of a welcome booth and information centres, have been made for the delegates. Hotels hosting the DRV delegates have also taken extra efforts to provide for a memorable stay.
A big German media delegation is accompanying the delegation to cover the DRV convention and will be visiting major infrastructure and real estate developments taking shape in Dubai.
The sponsoring hotels for the DRV convention include Rotana Towers, Al Murooj Rotana, Burj Al Arab, Dusit Dubai, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, The Fairmont Dubai, Grand Hyatt, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah Mina A Salam, Movenpick, Novotel, Shangri-La Hotel, JW Marriott, Le Meridien Dubai Airport, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers, Dubai Intercontinental Hotel, Ibis and Crowne Plaza.
Other sponsors are Al Abjar Tourism, Alpha Tours, Arabian Adventures, Desert Adventures, Gulf Dunes, Net Groups, Orient Tours, Planet Travel & Tours, SNTTA and World of Events.