Meetings No 23
Intro
Pressure on Meetings International
Atti Soenarso: “At this point, we do not believe our ears.”
Cover Story
Catherine Boissier, Astra Zeneca
“Meetings are a vital tool.”
Radar
Cities across Canada Are Attracting Global Meetings
Due in large part to academics and industry innovators across a variety of sectors.
Thinking
The Cost of Not Thinking
Mark Turrell: Applying conscious thought makes a big difference.
Radar
Dubai Tourism Launches Sponsorship Scheme
Designed to empower leisure event organisers.
Economic Development
Dubai Expo 2020 to Deliver $33bn Boost to UAE Economy
Expo 2020 is a long-term investment in the future of the UAE.
Radar
Calgary’s BMO Centre Set for Expansion
Funding approved for a $500 million expansion.
Longterm Development
The Potential of Cambodia
Visothy So: “We want to attract a lot of meetings and events.”
Radar
Canada Is the First Country to Have a National AI Strategy
Canada is in the lead of a global AI race.
Radar
‘She Means Business’ Digs into Diversity at IMEX Frankfurt
Diversity and inclusion are the linchpin of ‘She Means Business’.
Radar
The Business and Power of Placemaking
Placemaking in the spotlight at IMEX.
Radar
IMEX Frankfurt Shines a Light on Diversity and Inclusion
“Diversity means diversity of people, minds, ideas, and approaches.”
Radar
IMEX Agency Directors Forum
A highly relevant and future-focused programme.
Radar
Emirates Working on AI-Powered Flight Assistant
“The advancement of the next wave in aviation innovation.”
Sharma
How to Fireproof Your Productivity
Exponential gains in your exceptionality, productivity and impact.
Transformation
Volvo Car Group, a Human-Centric Meeting Culture
Paul Welander: “It’s always best when you meet live; for me that’s a meeting.”
Kellerman
The Art of Taking the Chance
“Many of the participants said it was the best congress ever.”
classifieds
news
smart development
Qatar’s Plan for Boosting Business Events
new partnerships will be announced at IMEX.
ICCA stats
Prague Hosted Record Number of Meetings Last Year
and Remains in the World’s Top Ten Most Popular Meeting Destinations.
At IMEX
St Petersburg’s Expoforum International
to launch global PCO service.
figures
US Travel Trends Index March:
Int’l Inbound Travel Tumbles While Domestic Leisure Travel Remains Strong.
winning bids
Ottawa Tourism
confirms 2019 European business development event following CAD$2.2m success in 2018.
big meeting
Glasgow wins Europe’s largest congress
on radiation oncology.
new job
AIM Group International
appoints Annalisa Ponchia as Director of Innovation & Customer Experience.
airlines innovation
Emirates airline reports 69% profit fall
after a tough year.
innovativ grants
Brisbane’s bright minds
receive Lord Mayor grants

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Dubai Expo 2020 to Deliver $33bn Boost to UAE Economy

Expo 2020 Dubai will boost the UAE economy by AED122.6 billion ($33.4 billion) and support 905,200 job-years between 2013 and 2031, according to an independent report published by global consultancy EY.

During the peak six-month period of the World Expo, the largest event to be held in the Arab World is predicted to add the equivalent of 1.5 per cent to UAE gross domestic product.

The scale of investment pouring in to construct and host an event of this ambition, as well as goods and services consumed by the millions expected to visit and the businesses that will occupy the Expo site in the legacy phase, will result in an economic dividend that will benefit businesses large and small across a range of sectors for years to come, according to the report.

From November 2013, when Dubai won the bid to host the Expo, until its opening in October 2020, the economic impetus will be driven by the construction sector as work continues on building the site and supporting infrastructure such as roads, bridges and the Dubai Metro Route 2020 line, EY noted.

“This independent report demonstrates that Expo 2020 Dubai is a critical long-term investment in the future of the UAE, which will contribute more than 120 billion dirhams to the economy between 2013 and 2031. Not only will the event encourage millions around the world to visit the UAE in 2020, it will also stimulate travel and tourism and support economic diversification for years after the Expo, leaving a sustainable economic legacy that will help to ensure the UAE remains a leading destination for business, leisure and investment,” says Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, executive director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.

The report added that small and medium enterprises, a core component of the UAE economy, will receive AED4.7 billion in investment during the pre-Expo phase, supporting 12,600 job-years. Job-years is defined as full-time employment for one person for one year and describes the employment impact over the life or phase of a project.

During the peak six months of Expo 2020, visitor spending on tickets, merchandise, food and beverage, hotels, flights and local transport will propel economic activity.

The EY report added that the positive thrust will continue in the decade after Expo closes its doors in April 2021, thanks largely to the transformation of the site into District 2020, an integrated urban development that will house the Dubai Exhibition Centre.

“Expo 2020 is an exciting long-term investment for the UAE, and is expected to have a significant impact on the economy and how jobs are created directly and indirectly,” says Matthew Benson, partner, Transaction Advisory Services, MENA, EY.

“As the host, Dubai aims to use the event to further enhance its international profile and reputation. The event will celebrate innovation, promote progress and foster cooperation, and entertain and educate global audiences.”

Expo 2020 expects 25 million visits, with 70 per cent of visitors coming from outside the UAE.