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The 63rd LES CLEFS D’OR UICH International Congress Kicks off in Dubai

Top representatives and industry leaders from the world’s most influential concierges came together as the 63rd Les Clefs d’Or UICH International Congress 2016 kicked off at the Armani Hotel Dubai. Supported by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), the 63rd edition of the Congress takes place until 15th April at the JW Marriott Marquis, with “The Future is Here” as its overarching theme. Dubai Tourism is also set to announce the winner of the hotly-contested ‘UAE Concierge of the Year’ Award at the event’s Closing Ceremony Gala on 15th April.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ibrahim Yaqoot, Executive Director – Corporate Support Division, Dubai Tourism, said: “Dubai holds great esteem for good hospitality, which is reflected in the high standards of service across our hotels. We are proud to host these accomplished concierge professionals who have chosen Dubai to take forward key discussions for the concierge industry this week. We look forward to both creating a memorable visit for our guests at the event as well as taking them across the city to experience what makes Dubai a must-visit tourist destination.”

Abey Sam, National President Les Clefs d’Or UAE, added: “This was a wonderful way to begin our biggest congress yet, and we look forward to seeing this event become an ideal platform for insightful, engaging conversations and decisions for our industry.”

The 5-day event is set to see its guests take part in a series of educational sessions, discussions and networking opportunities. Along with the UAE Concierge of the Year award, a rising star in the Les Clefs D’or global network will also be awarded with the prestigious Andy Pongco Award at the event’s Closing Ceremony Gala at Atlantis, The Palm.

About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism)

With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate.

Dubai Tourism is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector, and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (formerly known as Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment). In addition to its headquarters in Dubai, Dubai Tourism operates 20 offices worldwide.