In Brief

Japan prepares for the next World Expo

JAPAN Pavilion bids farewell as the World Expo approaches its final curtain call. The illustrious six-months attracted avid fans, celebrities, delegation and dignitaries from all over the world. Expo 2020 Dubai, a catalyst to Japan’s global encounter, invited visitors to a personalised tour of culture and cutting-edge technologies with a focus on current global issues.

“I would like to express our sincere congratulations to Expo 2020 Dubai for the outstanding and remarkable hospitality at this World Expo. Their tremendous support has been overwhelming and our pavilion’s experiential tour illustrated how technology, people and ideas can cohesively unite for a greater purpose. As we advance towards our pledged commitment, we look forward to continuing our dialogue and further address global challenges through integrated efforts,” stated Yabunaka Aiko, Secretary General, Japan Pavilion.

Three years from now, the world will congregate at Yumeshima for Expo 2025, Osaka, Kansai -Japan.


Lake Geneva Region takes centre stage

THE iconic Lake Geneva Region was the centrepiece of an event that took place on March 1 at the Switzerland Pavilion of Expo 2020 Dubai, organised by Switzerland Tourism and Presence Switzerland and opened by H.E. Massimo Baggi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE and Bahrain.

A host of media, tourism professionals, VIPs, and high-profile business leaders came together for a Swiss Evening. The VIP event on the rooftop of the Switzerland Pavilion saw guests enjoy the delights of Swiss gastronomy while admiring the stunning architecture of the Expo site. 

A series of informative presentations were made by Matthias Albrecht, GCC Director for Switzerland Tourism, Pierre-André Gremaud, Director of Marketing and Communications for Vaud Promotion, Christoph Sturny, Director of Montreux-Riviera Tourism, Juan Perellon, Chief Academic Officer of EHL Group, Jonathan Robin, Markets Director of Geneva Tourism and Mehdi Bensouda, Head of International Development of L’Hôpital La Tour, Genève, showcasing a region which is once again welcoming travellers from around the world without any restrictions. 


Melaka kicks off investment, tourism drive

THE Malaysian state of Melaka kicked off a week-long campaign to woo foreign investments in maritime, IT, energy, electric vehicles, tourism and other sectors at the Expo 2020 Dubai with an initial target of $119 million in projects.

The state also showcased its latest and ambitious waterfront economic zone, which it says will help transform the once-thriving trading port into a modern metropolis and an important investment hub in Southeast Asia.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Utama Sulaiman Md Ali, who led a high-powered delegation of investors and government officials, said the Expo would also help boost tourism in Melaka, which is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2008.

Melaka, along with George Town, are historic cities of the Straits of Melaka. Both cities have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with rich multicultural heritage.


Namibia highlights key tourism attractions

NAMIBIA showcased the country's unique attractions and heritage with a high-level government and tourism delegation led by Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism and Digu Naobeb, CEO of Namibia Tourism Board.

Located in the southwestern coast of Africa, with a large land surface, Namibia is known for its clear blue skies and sunshine, unpolluted air, memorable wildlife encounters and the best destination for star gazing.

Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism said, "We are delighted to share our new developments for tourism and efforts to help rebuild trust in travel and showcase our country's appeal to potential visitors around the globe. We are in the UAE to highlight our country's strengths and offer a short glimpse into our culture and our common interests, as we have a lot to offer in terms of exceptional service and experiences."