Dubai and DTCM scoop tourism awards

Dubai and the DTCM were awarded accolades in two influential UK tourism trade awards

Fayha Sultan receiving Irish Travel Trade Award.
Fayha Sultan receiving Irish Travel Trade Award.

Dubai has been awarded two accolades in the UK and Ireland, the region’s major source market.

Dubai, a popular leisure and tourism destination, was named the “best destination for Middle East and Africa” at the Irish Travel Trade News Awards. The destination was also recognised by’s Travel Weekly Awards, which gave recognition to the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) travel trade training programme.

Marketing manager for commerce at the DTCM’s UK and Ireland representative office, Fayha Sultan, received the Irish Travel Trade award at a presentation attended by over 600 leading industry professionals. Dubai was voted ahead of the category’s other nominees including South Africa and Egypt.

DTCM training programme received its award from the UK trade website’s Travel Weekly Globe Awards, one of the industry’s most respected awards events in the UK travel industry.

Winning the ‘Best Travel Weekly Academy Training Programme’, the DTCM was heralded for the section it created on the Travel Weekly website offering training to travel agents. Agents were able to complete a sample module of the Dubai Expert programme and then link through to the full course.

The award was the first to be won by Dubai at the prestigious ceremony.

Dubai was also voted top incentive destination in a reader’s poll for Conference and Incentive Travel (C&IT). The fourth poll conducted by C&IT earmarked Dubai ahead of London, South Africa, Barcelona. New York and Las Vegas.

Dubai’s iconic hotels such as the Burj Al Arab and the Madinat Jumeirah topped the polls in individual categories for hotels, underlining Dubai’s incentive travel credentials.

Director of DTCM’s UK and Ireland representative office, Ian Scott, commented on Dubai’s increasing incentive travel success.

“Dubai’s incentive offering is going from strength to strength thanks to the diversity of its activities and accommodation offerings. 

“The future is looking equally exciting with an impressive line-up of new and upcoming developments,” he said.

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