Visitor numbers have been soaring for Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), who posted a record year for 2013. The events hub welcomed 2.2 million trade delegates and attendees. The venue hosted 373 MICE and business events in 2013, up from 302 in 2012, attracting visitors from 153 countries, and exhibiting companies from over 130 nations.
“Our focus is on developing stronger events within key sectors for Dubai’s economy, and growing international attendance at events hosted in our venue. This has allowed Dubai World Trade Centre to sustainably increase value created for all stakeholders within the MICE sector – ultimately driving even greater GDP contribution,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre .
In addition to business events, DWTC witnessed a 59% growth across its calendar of entertainment and live events. An increased portfolio of 54 consumer facing events in 2013, drew more than 631,000 guests. Arabian Travel Market 2013 witnessed over 21,000 professionals and more than 8,000 exhibitors.