(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Arab, GCC and Emirati tourism sector were represented in Berlin, Germany, by a number of prominent figures and authority presidents and companies who were present at the inauguration of the Abu Dhabi Pavilion at the International Tourism Bourse 2013, ITB 2013.
The pavilion hosts a total of 63 companies from Abu Dhabi, demonstrating around 80 services and products, most notably, comprehensive hospitalisation centres, a large group of hotels and Spas and leisure venues, along with travel agents and tour organisers.
The two-floor pavilion was visited by the UAE Ambassador to Germany, Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi and was introduced to the products demonstrated at one of the largest travel and tourism exhibitions in the world. On his part, the international Promotions Manager at ITB 2013, Mubarak Al Nuaimi, has alluded to the importance of Abu Dhabi's participation at such events in increasing the number of tourists to the emirate, which is now witnessing a big surge in the Hotel and Real Estate sector including shopping centres and housing.
He also cited the increase in the recreational products during the last year with the opening of seaside Golf courses, hotels and spas and Hospitalisation centres. Al Nuaimi also stressed on the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority's keen interest on introducing Abu Dhabi as a favourite tourist destination for Germans.
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, or DTCM - the principal authority for the planning, supervision and development of the tourism sector in Dubai is to participate at the International Tourism Bourse 2013, one of the leading gatherings of the global tourism industry. The event will mark the 24th year that DTCM has participated in the event which showcases the world's best destinations for business and leisure guests, and provides businesses with an opportunity to network and develop new and exciting connections.
Germany remains one of Dubai's leading and highly valuable contributors to business and leisure tourism, and its most valuable source market in Central Europe.
The Sharjah pavilion at ITB in Berlin saw a heavy turnout of dignitaries, European media and international exhibitors and delegates and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit. Mohamed Ali Al Noman, chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, welcomed the dignitaries at the Sharjah stand. Al Noman briefed the visiting dignitaries on the special nature of Sharjah's participation in the ITB Berlin this year and the positive response the emirate has received from various delegates, exhibitors and high-fliers of the global tourism industry.