Dubai tourism start-up competition to be held in October

Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017

Dubai tourismNigerian SME owners, especially those in tourism business have been offered a great opportunity for showcasing their businesses as leading tourism company, Dubai Tourism, launches SMEs Start-up Competition. This was announced by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).

The first-ever Dubai Tourism Start-up Competition invites bright minds and innovators from around the world to submit ideas and business plans that will further revolutionize the city’s travel and tourism sectors.

The competition is in line with the Dubai 10X initiative launched under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which is guiding the emirate’s journey towards becoming a global hub for innovation in the next ten years. Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 aims to attract 20 million visitors per year by 2020.

Speaking about the Dubai Tourism Futurism Competition, Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director – Tourism Development & Investments, Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing said, “Dubai has grown to become the business capital of the region – and, through the launch of the first-ever Dubai Tourism Futurism Competition, we aim to continue to encourage pioneering thinking, and offer a platform for start-ups to succeed. As we progress towards the future, start-ups play a crucial role not only in the growth of the economy, but also in discovering solutions to meet evolving needs and tackle industry gaps. We are proud to collaborate with GITEX Future Stars to drive entrepreneurship forward, and are committed to building an environment that will help nurture innovative ideas and facilitate success.”

The competition features two key categories – hospitality and visitor experience – for which individuals and start-ups can submit innovative ideas and business plans. Each submission will be judged by a panel of experts, and a shortlist of the top 30 submissions will be awarded exhibition space at this year’s edition of GITEX Technology Week, which will take place in Dubai from 8-12 October 2017. Three winners will be selected in each category who will receive access to Dubai Tourism experts, as well as industry leaders to transform their vision to reality.

The Dubai Tourism Futurism Competition will provide a stage for the world’s best travel technology start-ups to come together and provide the best technology solutions for travelers across the world.


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