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November 4, 2008
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Educational conference comes to Dubai




More than 250 delegates turned up for the 26th Annual European Council for Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education (EuroCHRIE) conference, held at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in October; the first time the event has been held outside of Europe.

 

The conference, working on the theme ‘Building a Legacy, Living the Dream: 2020 Vision for Hospitality and Tourism’, included keynote speeches from industry leaders from around the world. Speakers included Gerald Lawless, executive chairman, Jumeirah Group; Gary Sain, president and CEO, Orlando, Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Sean Worker, managing director and senior vice president, international operations, Wyndham Hotel Group.

 

The conference also included panel speakers, refereed academic paper presentations in English and Arabic for the first time, graduate events and roundtable discussions, workshops and special-interest group sessions. After hours and social networking opportunities abounded, with a gala awards dinner held at Mina A’ Salam on October 14.

 

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) was awarded the ‘Industry Award’ introduced for the first time in Dubai by EuroCHRIE, at the end of the conference. The Industry Award was given to DTCM in recognition of its efforts and success in promoting Dubai regionally and globally.

 

EuroCHRIE is an international organisation that supports education and training in the hospitality industry. The annual conference provides the ideal platform for members to share research, best practices and ideas, and network at the same time. The 2008 conference attracted around 250 delegates from around the world, including academics, educators, researchers, graduates, government and industry practitioners and leaders in tourism, hospitality and events.

 

 


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