“Forum on Attractions and Tourist Destinations 2022” starts in Dubai on September 28

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Dubai will witness the launch of the “Middle East and North Africa Forum for Attractions and Tourist Destinations 2022” on 28 and 29 September 2022 in Dubai; To explore upcoming cultural and entertainment projects and ways to drive growth in the tourism sector in the region in an effort to support MENA countries in reframing their strategies and implementing new plans to reopen their existing tourism destinations and regions in a safe and sustainable manner; After the Corona pandemic subsided.

This interactive forum hosts over 300 participants from international and regional stakeholders involved in key tourism sectors; including government agencies, tourist bureaus, tourist advisory offices, hotel chains, park and museum owners and operators, heritage and cultural site authorities, technology service and technology solution providers, and institutional investors; More than 50 million tourists visit the region annually, where the region abounds with world heritage and religious sites, modern attractions and many and varied entertainment destinations.

The Middle East and North Africa region has witnessed an increasing influx of tourists, leading to the growth of its attractions and tourist destinations. However, some major challenges still prevent the region from realizing the full potential of its tourism sector, especially with the changing demographics, infrastructure, weather conditions and technological developments in the region.

The forum will also focus on the development and re-promotion of tourist destinations that meet the needs of a diverse group of residents, in addition to innovative family entertainment and recreational educational means that meet the demands of visitors, as well as transforming heritage sites into new attractions to meet the needs of different segments of the population, and take advantage of activities Live entertainment to increase the number of visitors.

In this connection; Meadow. Osama Khalawi, Assistant Vice President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Cultural Heritage and Director General of the Department of Tourist Sites Development said: He said: “The development of tourist sites requires planning for specific areas to promote their development process and transform them into vibrant and vibrant tourist destinations for tourists, while ensuring the provision of compelling experiences, diverse tourism offerings, high-quality infrastructure and outstanding services to attract people to live and work, as well as attract them to return again to these tourist destinations; This is with focus on meeting the needs of visitors, the sector, the environment and host communities, ensuring sound management and appropriate marketing; They are of particular importance in attracting new investment, creating value-added jobs, hiring new talent and fostering innovation in tourism destinations, while fully out are taken into account current and future economic and environmental impacts in these target areas.”

Richard Krent, director of development at Qiddiya Entertainment Project in Saudi Arabia, added: “The development of tourist destinations requires creating a momentum of artistic creativity while creating a sense of joy and happiness that reaches the audience and connects them emotionally with these tourist destinations.”

The forum will provide participants with an ideal opportunity to learn about development projects for museums and cultural heritage sites in the Middle East and North Africa and ways to stimulate innovation in theme parks, theme parks and water parks, as well as introduce them to projects related to exciting sports and theme parks.

The Forum’s busy agenda will include; which lasts for two days; A series of sessions with speakers from different sides and bodies; Such as: World Tourism Association, Ministries of Tourism, Ministries of Culture, as well as officials of cultural projects, developers of recreational projects and others; During the forum sessions, they will discuss the most important topics related to the tourism sector.

This is where the session related to the modernization of attractions and tourist destinations in the region will include a group of experts who, in turn, will address ways to expand and modernize the existing facilities and places to increase their capacity and attractiveness for tourists, how to transform temporary facilities into permanent recreational areas and understand the role of tourism and travel agencies in increasing visitor numbers to the region’s destinations. Speakers will also discuss ways to improve the visitor experience at tourist destinations in the region and the role of ecotourism in sustainable development projects.

This two-day event is organized and promoted by GM Events, a multi-activity event management company, based in Dubai and has an international reputation in this sector, with its organization of many forums and successful exhibitions in various sectors across the MENA region .

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