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The Hotel Show draws major line-up of suppliers

An impressive line-up of 176 overseas and Middle East exhibitors will assemble in Dubai today for The Hotel Show<.>

An impressive line-up of 176 overseas and Middle East exhibitors will assemble in Dubai today for The Hotel Show<.>, the specialised hotel supplies showcase to the hospitality industry.

With major Middle East hotel development creating thousands of supplier opportunities, exhibitors will be bidding for their share of business worth millions of dollars at the three-day exhibition, organised by Streamline Marketing and taking place at Airport Expo Dubai from May 20-22.

The Hotel Show, which is held under the patronage of H.H.General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE Minister of Defense, and Chairman of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing was acquired last year by dmg World Media, a subsidiary of FTSE100 company The Daily Mail & General Trust plc.

We are committed to ensuring The Hotel Show`s continued development, both through investment, and the substantial backing of our parent company, which has unrivalled connections in the exhibitions industry, said Bernard Walsh, Managing Director of dmg Index Exhibitions Ltd., at last week`s official press conference at the Crowne Plaza Dubai.

With the core of its traditional exhibitors returning, The Hotel Show 2002 has been boosted by extraordinary interest from new exhibitors worldwide, reflecting its growing recognition as a major event on the hospitality calendar.

The Show is supported by the Government of Dubai`s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), which provides worldwide exposure for the event through its network of overseas offices with the aim of attracting an increased line up of exhibitors.

Through our overseas offices, we are actively reinforcing the efforts of organisers to bring the exhibition to the attention of suppliers of the hotel industry from many countries, said Mohammed K. bin Hareb, Director Operations & Marketing, DTCM. The Department is pleased to give its full support to The Hotel Show, an event which helps to highlight Dubai`s status as an international exhibition centre in the Middle East.

To date, 176 exhibitors from 27 countries are participating in the three-day exhibition,
said Joanne Evans, Director of Streamline Marketing, organisers of the event. This represents a substantial increase over last year.

As an added attraction this year, developers will reveal plans for 89 hotels to be built as part of The Palm development, the spectacular $3-billion project in Dubai to construct two islands which will be visible from space, in one of the most ambitious tourism ventures ever undertaken.

The Hotel Show provides an ideal platform for suppliers to realise the scope and breadth of The Palm development, and for us to network with all aspects of the hospitality industry, said Saif Sultan Al Shamsi, Managing Director Commercial of Palm Development Company.

Exhibitors include manufacturers in audio visual, video conferencing and sound systems, architecture and building, interior design and supplies, landscaping, uniforms, management and reservations systems, fitness and spa equipment, and dozens of other products and services vital to a hotel`s day-to-day running.

Show visitors will include developers and representatives behind plans to build more than 140 luxury hotels and resorts within the next three to five years, creating 34,000 new hotel rooms in the Middle East region.

Running alongside the Show for the first time will be The Office Exhibition, giving office suppliers a valuable introduction to the rapidly expanding Middle East office development sector.

Photo: (from let to right) Joanne Evans, Director, Streamline Marketing, Organisers of The Hotel Show, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb, Director Operations & Marketing, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and Bernard Walsh, Managing Director, dmg Index Exhibitions Ltd. pictured at the Hotel Show press conference.

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