The Global Travel Group will host its 2020 overseas conference in Dubai after plans to hold the event in Cancun were scuppered by the collapse of Thomas Cook.
More than 250 Global members and supplier partners will head to Dubai for the event over 7-11 May next year ahead of Expo 2020 – the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.
Dubai last hosted the Global conference in 2016.
Commercial director Cherie Richards said: “Our original plan was to take the event to Cancun but the unfortunate collapse of Thomas Cook meant our flights with Thomas Cook Airlines were lost and no other suitable direct alternatives could be found for our group.
“We know how much our members look forward to our conference and the whole team has been working around the clock to find an equally exciting destination.
“Dubai continues to be a major seller for the majority of our agent members and we are very pleased to be returning after a successful conference in 2016.”
Richards said the consortium had taken onboard feedback from members ahead of its decision to return to Dubai, adding many wanted the chance to experience the destination in greater detail.
“Staying abreast of what is available in such a dynamic destination can be a challenge, so it makes sense to return especially during such a key year for the destination,” said Richards.
“Being part of the larger dnata family means we have been able to leverage the power of the company and secure this Dubai booking.
“We will have direct Emirates flights from Manchester, Birmingham and London [Heathrow and Gatwick] and details of our conference venue and accommodation will be released in the new year.
“I can promise plenty of fascinating speakers, thought-provoking business sessions and lots of networking opportunities.”