Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bin Sulayem meet Hong Kong tourism delegation

The Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Mr. Khalid A bin Sulayem, met a Hong Kong delegation headed by Ms. Margaret Fong, Minister of Tourism, at the DTCM Head Office on Wednesday and discussed a wide range of issues, including ways of enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation in tourism domains like cruise tourism.

The other members of the delegation were Mr. Vincent Fung, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Mr. Gabriel Li, Media Manager of Ministry of Tourism, and Mr. Ghassan Aridi, Chairman of GAA-Marta, the Dubai-based Middle East Representation Office of Hong Kong Tourism Board.

During the meeting, Mr. bin Sulayem highlighted the benefits to destinations from sharing of each other’s expertise and strengthening bilateral relations as both Dubai and Hong Kong were hubs for a variety of businesses, including tourism. He also underscored the need for greater cooperation to promote cruise tourism and business tourism.

Mr. bin Sulayem briefed the team about the growth and development of Dubai and its tourism industry and various initiatives launched by the DTCM to boost the contribution of tourism to the economy and number of visitors to the emirate. DTCM operates its Far East office from Hong Kong.

Ms. Margaret said her visit to Dubai was part of the efforts to explore areas of cooperation and further strengthen the ties between the two destinations, especially to promote cruise tourism.

The delegation was briefed about the new ultra-modern cruise terminal due to open in January 2010 which will double the number of cruise ships that can be docked simultaneously and also about the sharp increase in cruise tourists to the emirate this year and in 2010.

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