Leaders from the MICE industry in China were appointed to the advisory committee.
ABU DHABI - The Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau has set up the first advisory committee in China to engage with the rising outbound MICE market there.
Leaders from the MICE industry in China were appointed as part of the advisory committee following a strategic partnership agreement, which was signed in Abu Dhabi on Dec 12.
The partnership, according to a report by Emirates News Agency (WAM), is part of Abu Dhabi's strategy to increase international MICE arrivals from China and encourage MICE visitors to extend their stays in the UAE capital.
The role of the advisory committee includes providing insight into MICE trends, business travel, and challenges and behaviours within the Chinese market.
"This is the first time globally that an advisory committee of this significance has been set up overseas," Ali Al Shaiba, the acting executive director of tourism and marketing from Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism, was quoted as saying.
"China is a strategic partner for the UAE, and a key player in the MICE industry, making this unprecedented agreement one of the most important aspects of our plan to further boost MICE visitors to Abu Dhabi.
"The positive impact that business tourism has on an economy is tremendous, and with China's vast outbound MICE market, the business and economic opportunities are profound."
China is considered one of the top source markets for tourism in Abu Dhabi, along with India and the United Kingdom.
The large volume of visitors from the Chinese market means increased tourist spend, hotel stays, and significant support to retail, hospitality and other local businesses.
The capital aims to attract over 600,000 Chinese visitors by 2021.