Beyond Asia: Abu Dhabi, UAE; Ivory Coast; and St Petersburg, Russia

TTGmice’s weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific

Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa
Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa

Abu Dhabi: Jumeirah Group reveals latest MICE offerings
Luxury hotel company Jumeirah Group has unveiled a MICE offer across its three properties in Abu Dhabi – Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Jumeirah At Saadiyat Island Resort, and Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, where one of Abu Dhabi’s largest conference centre is located, offers special room rates from AED400 (US$109), inclusive of breakfast, for bookings between 10 and 200 rooms.

The hotel features a ballroom which can host up to 1,400 guests in a conference setting or 1,000 guests for banquet dinner, and 13 meeting rooms. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is also offering a meeting package for AED180 which includes two coffee breaks, lunch with soft drinks, and access to an LCD projector and screen.

Summer MICE offers at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort are priced from AED200 with two coffee breaks and lunch. Its banquet facilities have a separate private entrance and pre-function area while the landscaped gardens provide an ideal location for product launches and cocktail parties.

Opened in January this year, the Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa, set among Abu Dhabi’s dunes, welcomes intimate events to its 100-pax ballroom; thematic events to Al Mabeet, a Bedouin-style dining experience with live entertainment, set apart from the main hotel; and larger gatherings to the resort’s foregrounds.

Ivory Coast: West African nation seeks support from African Development Bank
The Ivory Coast is intent on securing major investment to see the country become Africa’s fifth biggest tourism destination by 2025.

Minister of Tourism Siandou Fofana last month sent a strategy document to the African Development Bank, seeking its support to implement a US$5.8 billion plan.

The strategy will rest on nine new flagship projects, one of which will be the Abidjan Business City that may be a future convention destination in the country. Currently, there is no centre able to accommodate 5,000 people and above. Other projects include a leisure park and plans to develop the aviation sector and increase airport passenger flow to three million.

The minister has also expressed his hope to welcome around five million tourists by 2025, and make the tourism sector the fourth economic pillar of the country, and the fifth biggest tourism power on the continent.

Russia: St Petersburg’s Expoforum announces association congress wins
St Petersburg’s Expoforum has underlined its continuing focus on international markets by announcing a list of association congress wins across numerous sectors such as health, life sciences, energy and education.

The World Psychiatry Association’s Congress 2020 and the 20th LNG International Conference and Exhibition 2022 were signed on in April.

Other upcoming congresses and events include: Congress of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Association 2019 (3,500 pax); 23rd UNWTO General Assembly 2019 (1,000 pax); World Energy Congress 2022 (4,000 pax); Euroskills (Worldskills) 2022 (2,000 pax and 15,000 participants); International Congress of Mathematicians 2022 (5,000 pax).

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