Dubai Tourism announces new GCC-wide partnership with Gulf Reps

ZAWYA | April 09, 2019

Dubai Tourism has announced a new GCC-wide partnership with Gulf Reps, one of the region’s travel consultancy agencies, as part of its ongoing drive to attract more visitors from across the Gulf to holiday in the emirate.The partnership will give Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Tourism, access to Gulf Reps’ extensive network of travel industry professionals and media, as it targets increased tourist numbers from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait.Under the agreement, Gulf Reps will operate a representative office within the GCC with a specific focus on developing relationships with the region’s tourism market, leading travel trade publications and travel companies with the purpose of promoting Dubai as the preferred destination of choice for visitors from neighbouring GCC countries.

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Levarté Travel, | March 04, 2022

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Nexion Travel Group Launches First Immersive Journeys Experience

Nexion Travel Group | April 05, 2022

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GO Airport Shuttle Rebrands as GOWithUs.com with NewWebsite, Services, and Locations

GO Airport Shuttle | March 23, 2022

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BitNile Holdings, through Its Subsidiary Ault Alliance, Acquires a Portfolio of Four Marriott and Hilton Hotels for $69 Million

BitNile Holdings, Inc. | December 27, 2021

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