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THE OMAN CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE TEAM KICKS OFF THE NEW YEAR AT PCMA CONVENING LEADERS IN CANADA

January 15, 2016

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THE OMAN CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE TEAM KICKS OFF THE NEW YEAR AT PCMA CONVENING LEADERS IN CANADA

Muscat, January 12th 2016 – The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre’s (OCEC) international promotional campaign continued in 2016 by participating in the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Convening Leaders held in Vancouver, Canada. During this highly influential event, the OCEC Team connected with key decision-makers and meeting planners and shared the tremendous possibilities of Oman as an emerging destination and the OCEC as the region’s business events hub.

“The OCEC has a unique partnership with PCMA and the development of strong relationships with professional associations is one of the cornerstones of our business development plan,” said Trevor McCartney, the OCEC General Manager. “We were able to leverage existing links and create new connections with associations representing some of the key industries for Oman’s 2020 economic diversification strategy. It was also a great opportunity to update the PCMA Oman International Advisory Board on the final preparations for our fast approaching launch in September 2016.”

The OCEC General Manager went on to explain that there is a great deal of interest in the business events industry in Oman as a country and the OCEC as a venue. According to McCartney, various elements prompting that interest include the Centre’s phenomenal facilities, the Sultanate’s outstanding natural assets, as well as the incredible wealth of intellectual capital in a variety of sectors and the opportunities of knowledge exchange it offers.

Richard L. Baltimore III, Adviser to the Omran Board of Directors, the Sultanate’s master developer of the OCEC, commented that “Networking among this prime concentration of over 4,000 senior international business meeting industry leaders afforded a prime opportunity to introduce and promote the Sultanate of Oman as a serious contender within the growing global convention and business events industry. Although less well known than some other established destinations, I found both North American and other attendees to be very receptive to representations about the historical richness and uniqueness of Oman and its people. Indeed, the OCEC will herald a wide range of new opportunities and serve as an ideal vehicle to showcase the Sultanate’s immense intellectual capital, while acting as a catalyst to promote economic growth, research innovation and entrepreneurship.”

In addition to various meetings with industry representatives from around the world, the OCEC Team also met with Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. The company recently acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, creating the world’s largest hotel combined company with 1.1 million rooms in more than 5,500 hotels in over 100 countries. The new five-star hotel, situated at the heart of the OCEC precinct will be operated under the JW Marriott brand.

With more than 6,500 members and 50,000 customers, PCMA is the world’s leading organisation and definitive authority for meetings and event professionals. In 2014, the OCEC signed a strategic partnership agreement with PCMA and a group of 13 influential, international buyers visited Oman to experience the destination first-hand and participate in the inaugural PCMA Oman Advisory Summit- the first Green Field destination outside of North America to stage such a summit. A second PCMA Oman Advisory Summit will take place at the OCEC in September 2016.

THE OMAN CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE ATTRACTS OVER 3,400 JOB APPLICATIONS

August 6, 2015

THE OMAN CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE ATTRACTS OVER 3,400 JOB APPLICATIONS

Muscat, August 6 2015: Following its third and final international recruitment drive for the year 2015, the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has received over 3,400 applications – its largest response to date. The aim of the drive was to fill almost 50 employment opportunities in various fields such as events, operations and food and beverage, as the Centre prepares to launch a new and exciting era for Oman’s business events industry.

The response to this third recruitment drive has been impressive, not just in terms of the interest it has generated and the number of applicants it has produced, but also in terms of the quality of the applications we have received,” said Trevor McCartney, the OCEC General Manager.

McCartney added, “While job creation for Omani nationals is a priority for the OCEC, all appointments will be made on individual merit and successful applicants will have the satisfaction of knowing they have earned their position in the face of tough international competition.

Over the next 15 years the OCEC and its surrounding precinct will be responsible for the creation of up to 24,000 direct and indirect jobs, contributing up to OMR240 million to the national economy. It is also expected that the OCEC will spur the creation and growth of Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with design and print, transportation, food and beverage, event management, security and IT services directed towards Omani businesses.

The employment campaign was promoted in domestic and international media, as well as across several online platforms including OCEC’s social media channels, leading international job-site Naukri and at Sultan Qaboos University, the National Hospitality Institute and the Oman Tourism College. The campaign attracted more than 7,000 views on the OCEC website – omanconvention.com and in excess of 20,000 on Naukri.

OMAN CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE TEAM CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS OPENING DAY NEARS

February 2, 2015

OMAN CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE TEAM CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS OPENING DAY NEARS

Muscat, 2nd February 2015 – A number of senior executives have been appointed to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre team in preparation for the venue opening its doors to the world in 2016.

OCEC General Manager, Trevor McCartney said the Sultanate of Oman was fast becoming recognized as one of the world’s most exciting emerging convention destinations, with the venue being the catalyst in attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from next year.

He said to assist in meeting the demands of business meeting organisers worldwide, the OCEC had expanded its Business Development, Technical, Finance and Food and Beverage teams.

The new appointments include Chanaka Fonseka as Food and Beverage Director; Troy Reynolds as Head of Event Operations; Sheikha Al Mugheiry as International Business Development Manager; Thomas Joseph as Business Development Manager for Exhibitions; Derek Wilson as Audio Visual and Production Manager; Pieter du Plooy as Systems Administrator; and Mohammed Waheed Al Lawati as an Executive Assistant.

Mr. McCartney said as it approached its grand opening in early 2016, the Centre’s priority would be to grow  awareness and interest in Oman as a serious contender for hosting large scale conventions and exhibitions.

“A key part of that strategy will be recruiting staff with expertise in specific areas as well as nurturing and developing the local talent pool,” he said.

Chanaka Fonseka is an internationally experienced executive specialising in food and beverage operations. Chanaka is already part of the AEG Ogden family and has undertaken a number of leadership roles in his career in the hospitality industry.

Troy Reynolds, a Certified Meeting Professional of the Convention Industry Council, brings over 25 years of experience in the events and hospitality industry. His brings to the venue a passion for delivering remarkable meeting experiences which in turn leave an enduring impact on the local community and economy.

With six years in the local Five Star hospitality industry, Sheikha Al Mugheiry‘s experience within the international and regional market place will be critical to the OCEC’s relationship with the Omani community and in attracting major international conventions to Oman.

Ms. Al Mugheiry said it was a privilege to be a part of such a landmark development and being able to showcase the beauty that Oman has to offer the world.

“The OCEC is a key opportunity for young Omanis to be exposed to a thriving business events environment and advance themselves professionally, through the highest standards of training from an international venue operator, such as AEG Ogden, “she said.

Thomas Joseph has spent almost a decade in the local exhibition, business and live events industry, and will utilise these skills and his knowledge of the regional market to increase the Sultanate’s market share in this competitive arena.

Derek Wilson joins the OCEC with over 30 years of experience in providing technical services to the exhibition and events industry at some of Great Britain’s foremost convention centres and global events, including a managerial position at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Pieter du Plooy has developed an extensive knowledge base on business systems analysis over the past 25 years, working closely with unique, industry-specific software to provide a single solution to the fully-integrated management of the events and meetings marketplace.

Mohammed Waheed Al Lawati brings to the OCEC a range of marketing and entrepreneurship skills. He has previously been involved in a number of large scale national projects and previously served in a pivotal role with Injaz Oman, which is part of the internationally renowned Junior Achievement Worldwide organisation.

Mr. McCartney said the OCEC would continue its local and international recruitment drive with the aim of having more than 180 full-time staff by the end of this year.


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