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FRHI Global Meeting Exchange moved from Istanbul to UAE

Annual networking forum set to be moved from Turkish city after delegates expressed security concerns

Pictured: Istanbul

FRHI Global Meeting Exchange is to move from Istanbul after delegates expressed safety concerns.

FRHI decided it was in the best interest of all participants to move the annual educational networking forum, due to take place in Istanbul on June 22-26, to an alternate location after reviewing customer feedback. The event will now be held in the United Arab Emirates, on the same dates. 

Eva-Maria Panzer, director of PR at FRHI Hotels & Resorts, said: “We from FRHI side have no security concerns, however the customer feedback from a few clients was that it was not the destination they would consider for events these days and therefore they would not attend. 

“Since we did not want to compromise attendance we took the decision to move the event this year to another location.”

Ajman and Dubai in the UAE will now host this year’s programme.  Panzer added: "As one of the world’s most sought-after destinations, cosmopolitan Dubai is the quintessential home of sand, sea, sun and shopping, whilst just 30 minutes away from the bustling metropolis of Dubai, Ajman offers a delightful contrast by inviting guests to take a gentler pace and to soak in genuine Arabian traditions and hospitality."

Last year’s FRHI Global Meeting Exchange took place at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco, with buyers in attendance from UK representatives including Zibrant, Freshfields, Grass Roots, BCD M&I, BI Worldwide and Banks Sadler. 

Delegates at the annual event attend one-to-one meetings, networking sessions and educational discussions as well as off-site activities showcasing the destination.

Turkey has seen a number of terrorist incidents in recent months, including a suicide bomber attack in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet Square district in January that killed 11 people, all foreigners, and injured a further 14.

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