Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi

August 21 - 22, 2017


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Welcome to the 2017 MeetChina forum

The annual MeetChina forum is the only UAE-based event focused on the number one outbound tourism market in the world – China.

Singled out by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and UAE Vice President/Prime Minister, as the most important growth market for the country in 2017, MeetChina brings valuable Chinese group travel bookers directly to you.

This year, 75 top-tier travel buyers from Mainland China will be present at the event, with every participant attending with the intention of growing the amount of business placed in the MENA region.

MeetChina also welcomes a delegation of 10 buyers from Taiwan that would like to open up their outbound business to the MENA region, using the UAE as a hub and key attraction.

Buyers at MeetChina are responsible for group consumer and business travel, as well as special interest sectors that include weddings, golf, medical tourism, education and MICE.

Awareness and interest in this event is such that demand outstrips supply. We therefore limit attendance to 65 tourism suppliers meeting 75 buyers. This truly makes MeetChina a one-to-one event!

Event Schedule

Don’t miss your chance to access qualified Chinese travel buyers without incurring the time and expense associated with travelling to China. Attend pre-scheduled appointments with MDs/Outbound Division Directors from Chinese Travel Operators. At the MeetChina 2017 forum, you will meet carefully selected hosted buyers, all of whom are motivated to grow their business to the MENA region.

Day 1 Monday, 21 August
  • 09:00am - BUYERS

    Arrival at Marriott hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi

  • 9:00am – 09.30am - BUYERS WELCOME SESSION

    Address by Rob Nicholas, MD, npimedia Introduction to RAS AL KHAIMAH - Knowledge Session with Haitham Mattar, CEO – Ras Al Khaimah,Tourism Development Authority

  • 9:30am – 09.45am - BUYERS Coffee Break

  • 9:15am - 9.45am - SUPPLIERS

    Delegate Registration

  • 9:45am - 10:00am - BUYERS & SUPPLIERS

    Agenda Explanation: How the meeting schedule and countdown clock work

  • 10:00am – 1:00pm - SESSION 1, Buyer - Seller Meetings

    One on One Meetings between Chinese Travel Buyers and Travel Suppliers

  • 1:00pm - 02:15pm - Networking Lunch

  • 2:15pm – 5.45pm - SESSION 2, Buyer - Seller Meetings

    One on One Meetings between Chinese Travel Buyers and Travel Suppliers

  • End of Conference Day 1 - SUPPLIERS

  • 6:00pm - BUYERS ONLY


Day 2 Tuesday, 22 August

    Arrival at Marriott hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi

  • 9:30am – 1:00pm - SESSION 3, Buyer- Seller Meetings

    One on One Meetings between Chinese Travel Buyers and Travel Suppliers

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Networking Lunch

  • 2:00 pm – 5:20pm - SESSION 4, Buyer- Seller Meetings

    One on One Meetings between Chinese Travel Buyers and Travel Suppliers

  • 5:30pm - Event Round-up

    Raffle Draw for BUYERS and close of conference

  • 6:00pm - BUYERS & SUPPLIERS

    Departure from Marriott hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi

  • 6:30pm – 9:30pm - BUYERS AND SUPPLIERS

    MeetChina – Gala Dinner

Promotional Video

The MeetChina Event Format: Two days of structured, one-on-one, pre-scheduled B2B meetings of 20 minutes each with Chinese buyers.  
This event has proved efficient. It is highly catered to sales, 20 minutes allows for a focused discussion and quality interaction between the Chinese buyers and attending tourism suppliers.

Video Presentation: Please view a short video here:  MeetChina 2016


A Standard Conference Delegate Registration Package includes:

  • Two-day event participation
  • Pre scheduled appointments, one-on-one meetings with travel buyers from China
  • Access to carefully vetted Buyers who have been pre-selected and invited to guarantee a qualified audience
  • Networking Lunches & Coffee breaks included for 2 days

Package A

  • One delegate registration package with one appointment schedule


Package B

  • Two delegate registration packages with two appointment schedules



  • Additional person attending the event



  • Personal Chinese-English Interpreter for all face to face meetings for 2 days



  • Accommodation at Marriott hotel Al Forsan (special rate) per room per night ( Net BB)


A minimum of 30 pre-scheduled appointments with the attending Chinese buyers are guaranteed over two days.
During the networking lunches and coffee breaks, you can seek out the buyers with whom you don’t have scheduled meetings.
The buyers are all senior decision makers, involved with International business. They all speak and understand English.
However, it is advised to bring a Chinese-speaking colleague with you to assist in the meetings.
Alternatively, the event team can recruit a trained Chinese-English interpreter for you at a nominal additional charge of USD 800 only.
Inbound Destination management companies also attend the MeetChina forum as suppliers.
Since, local DMCs work with multiple suppliers, only you can best represent your hotel, attraction or brand.
As the awareness of the destination grows, brand preferences come into play. The buyers from China are now stating their hotel choices to local operators/ground handlers.

Some of the UAE-based Inbound Destination Management Companies attending the event are:
Arabian Adventures
GEM Flower
Lulu Peaceful Tourism

Local DMCs, Hotels, tourism attractions and shopping malls from Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah are confirmed to attend the MeetChina 2016 forum.

Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Aloft Abu Dhabi
Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl
Hilton Worldwide
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi
Millennium Hotels Abu Dhabi
Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche
Royal Rose Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
The Westin
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Fairmont Ajman

Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Armani Hotel Dubai
Emirates Grand Hotel
Ghaya Grand Hotel
Hilton Worldwide
JA Resorts & Hotels
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel
Nassima Royal Hotel Dubai
Pullman Dubai City Centre
Ramada Plaza Jumeira Beach Residence
Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates
Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai
Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay Dubai
Taj Dubai
The Address Hotels + Resorts
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre
Vida Hotels and Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Dubai, Palm Jumeirah

Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority
Hilton Hotels in RAK
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority
Ramada Sharjah
Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa

Brands, Retail and Leisure Attractions
City Sightseeing Dubai
Dubai Parks & Resorts
Emaar Entertainment
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Heritage Touch
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Meraas Holdings
Mall of the Emirates
Ski Dubai
Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Waterworld

About the Organisers

NPI is a specialist producer of media for the tourism sector in the Middle East. Its portfolio comprises 16 titles that support tourism in nine destinations and luxury visitor magazines in four languages, including Mandarin. NPI has partnered with Highway Tourism to host the MeetChina forum 2015 to provide a unique opportunity to support existing and new clients through face to face introductions.
npimedia (NPI)


The MeetChina forum is open to pre-registered delegates only

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