Dubai, a hugely-popular destination for leisure and business tourists from across the world, has bagged two influential awards in the UK, which remained the leading source market for its widely-expanding tourism industry.
Dubai has been voted “best destination for Middle East and Africa” at the Irish Travel Trade News Awards, while the second award from the Travel Weekly recognized the travel trade training programme conducted by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
Dubai plays host to approximately 700,000 tourists annually from the UK and Ireland, its top market in the Europe.
Fayha Sultan, Marketing Manager-Commerce at the DTCM’s representative office for the UK and Ireland, received the Irish Travel Trade News Award recently at a ceremony attended by over 600 leading industry professionals. The other nominees in this category included Egypt and South Africa. The Irish Travel Trade News is the only dedicated travel trade magazine in Ireland and has been operating since 1964.
Based on the results of the fourth Conference & Incentive Travel’s (C&IT) Readers Poll 2008, Dubai was voted the top incentive destination by readers of the UK magazine, moving up from second place last year. Dubai beat off stiff competition from London, South Africa, Barcelona, and New York/Las Vegas, taking the second, third, fourth and joint fifth place, respectively.
Dubai also won the ‘Best Travel Weekly Academy Training Programme’ award at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards, are one of the most respected awards events in the UK travel industry, attended by over 1,600 leading industry professionals. This is the first Travel Weekly Globe Award that Dubai has won.