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Thai culture with a modern flavour in Dubai

Dusit Thani Dubai

Daniel Andrews of the Dusit Thani Dubai Hotel gives ITCM the inside story during a visit to London

The Dusit Thani hotel in Dubai is in the welcoming shape of a Thai ‘wai’ greeting. It has two towers that can be seen as two arms, joining into a single building like the palms of the hands. The name ‘Dusit Thani’ derives from words signifying that one has reached a high level on one’s path to heaven.
On a visit to London, Daniel Andrews, an Englishman, outlined to ITCM how the Thai hotel group likes to merge the age-old charm and comfort of Thailand’s culture with the services and facilities required by modern upmarket travellers.


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Multi-billion investments are making Abu Dhabi a prime MICE destination

Nabeel Mahmoud al Zarouni

Nabeel Mahmoud Al Zarouni, UK Country Manager based in London, talks to ITCM’s Sydney Paulden

Nabeel Mahmoud Al Zarouni has a great story to tell – and he is just the man to tell it. The story is about the success of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital and biggest emirate, in establishing itself as a business and cultural destination. And Nabeel himself is the first Abu Dhabi national to head up one of the state’s overseas tourism offices .

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Maximum comfort and convenience on new HK-UK service

Gerard Clarke

London executives of Hong Kong Airlines tell ITCM about the all-Club-Class daily flights

Since March 2012 there has been a new way to fly between Hong Kong and the UK. Hong Kong Airlines launched a daily flight to Gatwick North Terminal with a difference. It has dedicated two brand new Airbus 330-200 aircraft to the route. These are normally designed to carry 250 passengers, but for Hong Kong Airlines they have a configuration to seat 116 passengers in style.

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Europe v. Asia Royal Trophy Golf Tournament will boost Brunei as an incentive destination

Dermot Mannion

Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, talks to ITCM’s Sydney Paulden

One of the smallest countries in the world, Brunei Darussalam is aiming to become a bigger destination for incentives. The name ‘Darussalam’ signifies ‘Place of peace’ and it is very relevant to Brunei, which could be a big attraction as an incentive getaway or a venue for a tranquil meeting.
‘Any organiser taking a corporate group can be sure of a warm welcome and high standards of service. This will apply from the moment they step onto a Royal Brunei Airlines flight’. So says Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RBA . ‘Our airline serves several important markets. We link with many destinations around South East Asia and also with London, Dubai and Melbourne.


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The Meetings Show UK will be based on a Hosted Buyer programme

Steve Knight, Event Director

Steve Knight, Event Director, tells ITCM how the show opening in Olympia in July 2013 will meet the needs of exhibitors and buyers

The world MICE events calendar would at first sight appear to be congested with exhibitions immediately relevant to this sector. ITCM lists 27 important MICE shows here. However, Centaur, the business information, publishing and events group, identified a gap in the line-up and is introducing a brand new MICE exhibition. It is called The Meetings Show UK and the first one will take place at Olympia, London, 9-11 July 2013. It will be in the venue’s new 2-storey West Hall

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