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Asian aspirations for the QNCC

Qatar National Convention Centre becomes fourth Middle East exhibitor at AIME.

The Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) is taking part in the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) 2008 in Melbourne, Australia, for the first time this year, to attract events planners from the region.

QNCC joins the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Oman Ministry of Tourism and Abu Dhabi as the fourth Middle East exhibitor at the event, which is set to take place from February 19 to 20 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Australia.

"There is a great deal of interest in the Middle East market from the Asia Pacific region. We are also seeing increases in the number and size of stands from the Middle East at AIME," said Janelle Schreiber, PR director, AIME 2008.

"I think in terms of visitor, hosted buyer and exhibitor numbers, all three of these categories will grow in the near future."

The DTCM has doubled the size of its stand this year, from 90m² in 2007 to 180m².

Organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) expects more than 2700 trade visitors and hosted buyers at the 2008 event, including at least two hosted buyers from the Middle East; The Grass Roots Group and Al Tayer Travel.

An additional 10 trade visitors from the Middle East have also registered to date.

A total of 850 exhibitors from 50 countries will occupy some 13,000m² of the exhibition centre over the course of the two-day event.

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