SEMINARS @Mezzanine Level, Dubai World Trade Centre
Wednesday, May 2
10.30 am: Country As Brand, the ultimate marketing challenge by Rina Plapler, executive director, brand experience, FutureBrand
11.30am: Engaging the National Psyche for Delivery by Judy Neil, consultant, FHS Global
12.30pm: Service Recovery by Karen Storey, managing partner, X-Logic
1.30pm: MICE industry in the GCC and Middle East, by Rob Nicholas, publisher, NPI Media
2.30pm: Branding Destinations by Steve Cranford, CEO, Whisper
3.30pm: Let the Journey begin by Carolyn Wincer, head of sales, Virgin Space Galactic
4.30pm: An Overview of Industry and Market Trends within Asia by Louise Butler, director of membership services; and Nicki Page, regional director of GCC; PATA
Thursday, May 3
10.30am: The “Budget” hotel market and the challenges and benefits of doing business in the Middle East by Andrew Lavoipierre, executive director – operations, Easy Hotels
11.30am: The new trend of cruising and cruises by Dario Rustico, director of sales, Costa Cruises
12.30pm: Asia-Pacific MICE trends both inbound and outbound from the MENA region by David van der Meulen, Middle East MICE, editor, Middle East MICE & Events magazine
1.30pm: Sports and Tourism – a winning team, by Roberto Passariello, director of communication and marketing, Eurosport
2.30pm: 10 years of Travel E-commerce by Murad Hajeebhoy, vice-president Partner Services Group, EMEA; and Jِrg Burtscheidt, regional director, Northern and Central Europe, Middle East & Indian Ocean; Expedia
3.30pm: US-VISIT: An Update by Kimberly Weissman and Matthew Coughlin, spokespersons, US-VISIT 4.30pm: Ras Al Khaimah – Building the newest Tourism Hot Spot in the UAE by Hilary McCormack
All events are by invitation only, unless specifically mentioned
Tuesday, May 1
7.30pm: Welcome Party & New Frontiers Award Presentation, hosted by Arabian Travel Market and Hyatt Hotels Dubai, open to exhibitors, Meridian Club members, hosted buyers, press; at Grand Hyatt Dubai. Entry via invitation or exhibition badge. Contact: [email protected]
Wednesday, May 2
1pm to 2pm: Meridian Club Lunch by Four Seasons Golf Club Dubai Festival City, open to Meridian Club members and hosted buyers; at Meridien Club/ Hosted Buyer Lounge.
Contact: Adrienne.O’[email protected]
4.30pm to 7.30pm: Hosted Buyer Event, thrown by Net Group, open to hosted buyers; at 1001 Arabian Nights Desert Camp. Contact: [email protected]
6.30pm: A Night at Al Sahra, hosted by Dubailand and Dubai Heritage Village, by invitation only, at Al Sahra Desert Resort, Dubailand.
Contact: [email protected]
TTN is the most established trade publication in the Middle East distributed on a controlled circulation basis to members of the travel and tourism industry.
Published monthly by Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group, the region’s foremost trade publisher, TTN is aimed at professionals in the industry, from travel agents to airline and hotel personnel.
TTN provides in-depth and extensive coverage of relevant issues in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in other parts of the world. Travel related news, analysis, and new appointments together with information on up-coming exhibitions, marketing and promotional campaigns are presented in an innovative and striking colour tabloid.
Every issue also contains a collation of international and regional news and topical features of interest to readers.