Ireland December 2013

Dubai Update
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Atlantis, The Palm has revolutionised the waterpark landscape with the recent opening of the $27 million expansion of Aquaventure. The star attraction is the soaring 40 metre Tower of Poseidon, packed with heart pumping rides.

This innovative development features a number of firsts, including the world’s largest diameter slide and the world’s first vertical banking family ride with a double hump at the end.

There is also another fabulous first with the double slide within a slide experience, allowing tube riders in one ride to watch the other sliders dramatically in action, suspended above them!

Alan Leibman, CEO of Kerzner, said ‘This upcoming expansion will be more exhilarating than anything we have unveiled before, with unbelievable new rides the likes of which have not been seen anywhere in the world’.

On a recent Dubai Tourism Fam trip Beverly Clarke from Spears Travel was at Aquaventure for the opening party, ‘We experienced Poseidon`s Revenge. Stepping into a capsule, the floor drops away beneath you and you are hurled down a tube at rocket speed. The raft rides Aquaconda and Zoomerango are the best I have been on. Sitting in a 6-seater raft you are hurled at ridiculous angles down huge water slides. Fantastic fun!'

There are more ways than ever to keep in touch with Dubai Tourism:

- Dubai Experts is a fun training programme designed to help you better understand and sell the destination.

- Join our Dubai Experts Facebook page. It has the latest news, fam trip photos and much more.

- Are you on Twitter? Follow Dubai Tourism’s tweets and you’ll be up to date with everything from upcoming events to the latest incentives.

- Make sure you download our free Dubai The Destination app for iPad and iPhone.

- There is also a quarterly consumer edition of Dubai Update designed specifically for your customers.

- Dubai has won the race to host Expo 2020. It is a huge boost to the emirate, with an estimated 25 million visitors projected to attend the exhibition. Crown Sheikh Hamdan celebrated the win on top of the Burj Khalifa!

- Dubai Tourism won the ‘Best Middle East / Africa Destination’ Award at ITTN Awards – Dublin 11 December. A big ‘Thank You’ to the Irish travel trade for all your support in 2013 and for voting for Dubai in the Irish Travel Trade Awards.

- Dubai Tourism is in the running to win the ‘Best Tourist Board’, ‘Best Winter Sun Destination’ and ‘Best Worldwide City Destination’ in the Irish Travel Industry Awards. Please vote for us by clicking on this link.
- Senior members of the Irish Travel Industry attended a DTCM and Emirates lunch in Dublin on 22 November at Dobbins.

- Dubai Tourism and Emirates hosted a travel agents evening at the Lost Society in Dublin on 21 November. There are some great photos of night at this Facebook album.

- F1 legend David Coulthard celebrated Red Bull’s dominant 2013 season by performing some ‘doughnuts’ on top of the Burj Al Arab helipad. See the spectacular video here.

- On 5 December, Dubai Tourism and Emirates hosted key agents in Cork to thank them for their support in 2013.

The amazing Cirque Du Soleil is set to return to Dubai from 30 Dec – 14 January. For ticket information please email Gulf Ventures.

Dubai Expert is a fun, easy to use online training programme which will enable you to showcase Dubai to your clients. You can learn at your own pace and it is packed with extensive destination information.

For this newsletter’s competition we are giving one lucky irish Travel Agent a place on a fabulous Dubai Tourism Irish Trade fam trip in 2014. First, simply complete all 3 modules of Dubai Expert. Then like our Facebook page. Finally, answer the simple question at this link.

Nothing provides a greater understanding of a destination than experiencing it for yourself. Good Luck!

September’s competition winner

Congratulations to Sharon McGillicuddy from Tropical Sky who has won a two-night stay at the elegant Fairmont, the Palm on a bed and breakfast basis.

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