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Abu Dhabi Climbs International Rankings as a Business Events Destination

Abu Dhabi is celebrating two new significant business events-related achievements, after the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau (ADCEB) unveiled news that the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) capital has climbed business destination rankings compiled by two prestigious organizations.

Both the Union of International Associations (UIA) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) have reported that Abu Dhabi has improved its position on their respective rankings.

The Hungarian Event Industry is Prepared to Host Large-Scale MICE Events

On September 10, the #PowerOfLiveEvents initiative left the virtual space and converted into an all-day live conference with support from the newly formed Budapest Convention Bureau and the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre and with the cooperation of the industry associations.

Quintana Roo Announces Increased Operations For MICE Segment

Quintana Roo’s tourism ministry announced last week the MICE segment (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions) will have more capacity to operate: Open spaces will be allowed to operate at up to 50 percent capacity, while indoor venues will be allowed to operate at 30 percent, according to the maximum capacity of each venue.

Heavent Meetings Hosts First Event in France Since the Coronavirus Pandemic Hit

More than 350 exhibitors, 500 decision makers and 1,850 participants attended the MICE event by Heavent Meetings in the Palais des Festivals Cannes in the beginning of September. (A)LIVE, the outdoor conference, which involved speakers from the event industry and the mayor of Cannes, marked the first tradeshow taking place in France since March.

World Meetings Forum Returns to Los Cabos in 2021

The eighth edition of the World Meetings Forum (WMF) was held from August 31 to September 2, at Paradisus Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, gathering 227 professionals who included meeting planners, events industry suppliers, speakers and special guests. Also, 4,617 one-on-one meetings took place, aimed at reactivating the industry; the inclusion of persons with disabilities was possible through the WMF Foundation

Dubai Tourism Forms Business Events Stakeholders Committee, Hosts First Meeting As Industry Resumes Activity

As Dubai gathers momentum with the resumption of conferences, meetings and exhibitions, its Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has formed a new "Business Events Stakeholders Committee," reinforcing its commitment to engaging with the industry and re-establishing its place at the heart of Dubai’s economic growth and development as a knowledge hub.

Trade Shows to Resume in Istanbul

Fairs and exhibitions in Istanbul have resumed under strict hygiene rules and precautions due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

CNR Beauty & Wellness Fair became the first international fair to be opened in Istanbul after a six-month break. Implementing the safety and health regulations including social distancing, hygiene, and obligatory face masks, the Beauty & Wellness Fair expects to host 25,000 professionals over three days.

San Miguel De Allende Promotes Events Infrastructure as it Reopens

The Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende started its reopening process on July 15 slowly and carefully and in line with recommendations by local and international health and wellness authorities. With local hotels already able to book up to 50 percent of available rooms and 37 nonstop flights per week arriving from the U.S. to Guanajuato’s international airport, which serves San Miguel de Allende, the city is now looking to regain its footing in the business and romance travel markets.

Hong Kong Secures Multiple First-Ever MICE Events Amidst COVID-19 Challenges

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced that Hong Kong has been chosen as the host city for four international MICE events, including the city’s first-ever events of high strategic values, and two repeated events amidst the COVID-19 challenges. These business events are expected to bring in 10,000 high-yield visitors in total and deliver great economic contribution to the city and drive multi-sector development.