Friday, November 27, 2009
UAE. James Kfouri, General Manager Sales & Marketing for Australian confectionery company Paton’s, won the 2009 Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup, which concluded today.
The popular Australian travel retail industry executive scored 75 stableford points over the two-day tournament, played at The Montgomerie Dubai and the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
In his acceptance speech Kfouri thanked Dubai Duty Free for their tremendous hospitality in organising and hosting the industry’s premier sporting and social event.
Later he told The Moodie Report: “It’s an unbelievable moment. It’s been fantastically organised by Dubai Duty Free – an absolute credit to the industry."
We'll bring you a full report on the event, including an extensive Picture Gallery, early next week.
A survey of air passengers travelling from the UAE has revealed that long haul leisure trips are back on the agenda following a dramatic cut-back during the global downturn.The YouGov Siraj poll of more than 1,200 leisure and business travellers showed that 31 percent of respondents who have been holding back are now planning to travel in the future.People were now much more optimistic about their travel plans, the survey said with 46 percent planning long haul business trips and 35 percent for leisure purposes in the next few month.
British Airways is encouraging small to medium sized businesses in the UAE to enter a competition, which will see 30 lucky winners awarded with a year’s worth of free travel, 10 of which will be business class tickets.
The Business Opportunity Grants initiative has been launched to help stimulate local business and get executives travelling again following a slump in corporate travel during the recession.
British Airways area commercial manager,
Middle East Paolo De Renzis
The grants will offer winning companies the opportunity to travel overseas and conduct face-to-face business meetings, after it was revealed by a recent Harvard Business Review study that 95% of businesspeople said they believed that face to face meetings were the key to building successful long-term relationships.
British Airways area commercial manager, Middle East Paolo De Renzis said cuts in travel budgets had reduced the number of face to face meetings arranged by companies, during 2009
Businesses are facing the biggest economic downturn since 1929. People are making cutbacks and travel budgets are the first to be squeezed.
“But reducing face to face contact cannot last forever. It is necessary to cement good working relationships, particularly in the UAE and a lot of people have lost sight of that.
“British Airways Business Opportunity Grants help these businesses increase their revenues, and help with their strategic growth plans.”
The airline is hoping hundreds of SMEs based in the UAE will apply for the chance to win by stating their expansion and growth plans for 2010.
In addition, BA is also taking the opportunity to publicise its Club World product to entrants.
“We are hoping that businesses and their partners and colleagues will be attracted to the benefits of our Club World business class tickets,” said De Renzis.
“British Airways’ business class cabin allows travellers to arrive at those meetings relaxed, refreshed and ready for action.”
The online competition closes on January 15, 2010, and winners will be notified by the end of February.
The judging panel will be made up of SME directors based in the UAE.
The three-day show, which was opened by His Excellency Khalid Ahmed bin Sulayem, Director General, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), is the only dedicated travel catering services exhibition in the Middle East, Africa and Indian sub-continent providing opportunities for companies to generate new business and drive growth in the region's travel industry.
A recent report from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) stated that the contribution of travel and tourism to the UAE's GDP is expected to stabilise at 20.2% in 2009, a value of Dhs178.7bn.
The ITCA Dubai Exhibition takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre until 18 November 2009.
"We would like to thank His Excellency Khalid Ahmed bin Sulayem for inaugurating this year's show and setting the tone for a busy three days of serious business and knowledge exchange which will help invigorate the travel catering industry in the Middle East,"
said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre.
Nearly 50 companies from 18 countries are exhibiting at this year's show from across the travel catering market looking to cement lasting trade relations and generate new business in the Middle East's booming travel sector.
The show also includes the prestigious ITCA Dubai Conference, organised by the International Catering Association (ITCA).
"It is interesting to note that the association has chosen the theme 'Green Shoots in the Desert' for the ITCA Dubai Conference this year. It is a clear acknowledgment that the region is delivering positive growth and remains one of the most important markets for suppliers, especially as trading conditions are so fragile in the rest of the world," he added.
Key speakers at this year's event include Terry Daly, Division Senior Vice President, Service Delivery, Emirates, who will be speaking on the latest upgrades which will be made to the A380; David Young, President, ITCA; Neil James, Executive Director, Corp Sales & Product Management, Panasonic and Basel Arrar, Chairman & CEO, Royal Wings Aviation Services.
Now in its fourth year, ITCA Dubai has rapidly expanded in recent years to bring together the entire travel catering market, representing Airline, Cruise, Ferry and Railway hospitality industries from across the Middle East, Africa, and Indian Subcontinent.
The ITCA Dubai Exhibition is for Trade and Business Professionals only. The show is proudly supported by Emirates Airlines as official sponsor, and presented in conjunction with the prestigious ITCA Dubai Conference taking place until 18 November 2009.