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ATM establishes official partnership with ICCA and GBTA

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has announced a strategic partnership with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) for the upcoming edition of the event, which takes place from 6-9 May 2024 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.The renowned global organisations have been appointed as ‘Knowledge Partners’ for the regional trade show, providing in-depth insights and opportunities for the thriving segments of business events and travel.According to the ICCA statistical forecast, which charts the history and performance of the International Association Meetings Industry from 1963 to 2022, 10,602 business events were recorded worldwide last year, of which 9,009 (85%) were in-person. This represented an astounding 349% increase from the previous year when only 2,007 in-person events occurred. Interestingly, the Middle East accounted for the highest percentage of in-person delegates (94%) in last year’s official figures.The business travel industry is also experiencing significant growth, as evidenced by statistics from the 2023 GBTA Business Travel Index™ Report, which found that the global business travel industry rebounded faster than expected in 2023. Pent-up demand following the pandemic and healthier economic conditions than forecasted were highlighted as significant contributing factors for this shift. The report also stated that global business travel spending rose by 47% to $1.03 trillion last year and is expected to grow to nearly $1.8 trillion globally by 2027.Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director, Arabian Travel Market, said: “All of the latest research suggests that the business events and business travel sectors are going from strength to strength. These sectors have always been important verticals at ATM, and the official partnership with ICCA and GBTA for the 2024 edition will take our offering to the next level. By collaborating with these respected industry leaders, ATM aims to deliver even more value and innovation to its attendees and exhibitors.“With a focus on these two vital sectors, ATM is committed to offering a world-class event that provides a platform for networking, education, and business opportunities for professionals from around the world.”During ATM 2024, ICCA will deliver seminars covering a range of topics for the MICE industry, while GBTA will outline the prevailing trends in the business travel sector at the show. These seminars will give the industry valuable insights into recent research, innovations, and best practices.Dr Senthil Gopinath, CEO of ICCA, said: “ICCA proudly announces our collaboration with ATM as we celebrate the exciting inclusion of business events as a foundational segment in future editions. Envisaging a dynamic future, we see global business events seamlessly integrating with ATM's rich tapestry of opportunities. With ICCA joining as a Knowledge Partner for the MICE segment, we are collectively positioned to redefine the landscape of collaboration, innovation and success in the interconnected realms of business. We look forward to working together in 2024 and beyond.”Catherine Logan, Regional Senior Vice President EMEA and APAC, GBTA, added: “Although one of the smaller global business travel markets, the MEA region has huge potential for growth and recovered more than any other region in 2022, reaching 95% of pre-pandemic business travel spending. Business travel spend in the region is forecast to exceed this figure in 2023 and reach USD$30.6 million and continue its growth trajectory going forward.”The theme for the 31st edition of ATM is ‘Empowering Innovation: Transforming Travel Through Entrepreneurship’. With exhibitors from the fields of aviation, accommodation, hospitality, attractions, technology and more, ATM 2024 will explore how innovators in the travel and tourism space are working to attract greater levels of funding to further increase the sector’s overall contribution to global GDP. Last year’s event welcomed more than 40,000 attendees, the largest number recorded to date.
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2024 International Critical Communications Awards open for entry, TCCA confirms

Dubai, UAE: The Critical Communications Association (TCCA) today announced that the 2024 International Critical Communications Awards (ICCAs) are officially open for entry. Presented by TCCA, the ICCAs are the most prestigious awards in the critical communications space.The event celebrates excellence and showcases innovation every year, honoring the success of products, individuals, and organizations that have broadened capabilities and delivered new value to the industry.This time around, the ICCAs are being held in Dubai on May 14, on the sidelines of Critical Communications World (CCW), the industry’s leading global conference and exhibition, running at Dubai World Trade Centre from May 14-16.With critical communications industry leaders and the world’s foremost experts, investors, and shareholders set to attend, the event will once again provide the ultimate stage for the sector’s leading lights to shine. “Highlighting the most innovative work and showcasing to the most groundbreaking critical communications breakthroughs, the ICCAs are iconic, special, and internationally respected,” said Kevin Graham, CEO, TCCA. “As digital transformation unfolds with unprecedented pace and demands for critical comms services and solutions increase all around the world, the need for fresh ideas, new creative concepts, reinvigorated practices, and next-generation projects that drive vital advancement has never been greater.“Each year we see individuals and organizations going above and beyond to meet these criteria – and every year our awards ceremony provides the ultimate recognition to those paving the way toward tomorrow’s increasingly vibrant, secure, and empowering industry. Our independent judges are looking forward to the challenge of selecting the best of the best!”With submissions open across 13 categories, an experienced panel of independent judges will take all aspects of entries under consideration to identify and reward the most outstanding projects, practices, and talent. From technology creation and deployment to critical communications utilization across industries, every area will be meticulously examined ahead of final shortlisting.Additionally, the ICCAs will acknowledge the most promising professionals and influential personalities driving innovation and fuelling the sector. The closing date for entries is Monday, February 12, 2024, and the ICCA categories are as follows:Emerging technology, product or solutionsBest Use of critical communications in public safetyBest use of advanced technologyBest use of critical communications in transportBest use of critical communications in utilitiesBest use of critical communications in industrial, manufacturing, mining resources, oil & gas exploration  Best TETRA product or solution of the yearBest MCX product or solution of the yearBest Hybrid deviceThe Phil Kidner Award for an Individual Outstanding Contribution to critical communicationsTCCA Young Engineer of the yearGovernment authority collaborationChampion for Social Value
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Abu Dhabi Chamber signs MoU with Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADDCI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau, part of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). The MoU aims to enhance cooperation and joint coordination between the two parties to consolidate the standing of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a global destination and a prestigious hub for hosting local, regional, and international business and investment events.The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Business Events Forum, which was held on 26-27 September. The MoU signing was held in the presence of His Excellency Ahmed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, and His Excellency Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, the Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi, along with a number of representatives from both sides.The MoU supports the two parties’ mutual strategic objectives for strengthening the leading position of Abu Dhabi as a preferred destination for hosting international events, and a key hub for supporting, developing, and growing businesses in vital sectors. Under the terms of the MoU, the two parties will also coordinate closely to highlight various events and conferences, and exchange knowledge and expertise to drive business events growth.His Excellency Ahmed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, said: “The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been successful in establishing its leading position on the global business tourism landscape. The Emirate has attracted and hosted prominent business events, which culminated in its recognition as the Middle East’s leading destination for association meetings conferred by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2022’s ranking.”“This success comes as the result of the efforts of various parties in the public and private sectors, particularly the efforts of our partners at the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau, who aim to consolidate the Emirate’s position as a leading global destination that has the main assets for hosting prestigious business events.”Al Qubaisi added: “The signing of the MoU aligns with the Abu Dhabi Chamber’s efforts to partner with local and federal entities to foster strong investment and commercial relations. We are also committed to supporting various business events, forums, and conferences in the Emirate. This reflects the Chamber’s recognition of the importance of the business tourism sector and global events in enhancing networking opportunities between business communities and investors, building fruitful partnerships and cooperation agreements, and driving sustainable development.”His Excellency Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi said “We take great pride in the signing of this MoU during the Abu Dhabi Business Events Forum, an integral part of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Travel & Tourism Week. Showcasing the power of partnerships, the MoU reaffirms our commitment to fostering innovative and transformative business and investment events, taking the emirate to new heights as a prominent MICE destination.”He added: “MICE events play a pivotal role in driving economic growth, fostering innovation and igniting creativity. By fostering the spirit of collaboration, we are catalysing a rich, diverse and vibrant experience for visitors and residents alike.”The MoU also stipulates that the two parties strengthen their joint efforts to coordinate trade delegation visits, and find effective communication channels to achieve the desired outcomes.