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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
“A well deserved win for Dubai and the UAE, the first Middle East nation to host the World Expo. This will bring up to 25 million visitors to Dubai, 70% of which will come from overseas, and will yet again raise the profile of the UAE as a key destination for business tourism and the meetings sector – both in the run-up to 2020 and post-expo – and will also be supported by a reported US$7 billion worth of tourism related infrastructure development.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has said that hosting the event could positively impact GDP by up to US$23 billion between 2015 and 2021 which, combined with Alpen Capital’s forecasted rise in tourism receipts by 67% over the next few years puts the industry in prime position to capitalise on this historic event.” Lois Hall, Exhibition Director, Gulf Incentives, Business, Travel and Meetings (GIBTM).