US tourism body opens Dubai office
Dubai, April 5, 2014
The Orange County Visitors Association of California (OCVA) will open its first promotional office in the Middle East in Dubai.
The new office is the first continuous presence in Dubai by a US tourism association and OCVA’s third off-shore office.
The association represents over 700 partners in hospitality and tourism who work together to create a welcoming environment for the 43.8 million visitors who come to The OC annually and spend $8.7 billion in the county supporting 160,000 local tourism-related jobs.
“Being represented in the Middle East is very important to us for a number of reasons,” said Ed Fuller, OCVA’s president and CEO.
“Nearly one million Middle Eastern travelers visited the US last year. They came to visit our world-class family attractions and theme parks, shop, attend concerts, take in the sites and unique outdoor experiences—all attributes we have in abundance in Orange County, a destination travelers the world over refer to as The OC.
“Furthermore, the fastest-growing, nonstop, bi-lateral commercial airline service in the world today is between the UAE and the US, up 1,500 per cent in the past decade,” he stated.
“At the same time, California is home to the largest Middle Eastern immigrant population in the US. We are determined to ensure that Middle Easterners, especially those from GCC countries, who are planning a visit to the US and California in the near future, know about Orange County and to assure them they will feel right at home in the OC,” stated Fuller.
Heading OCVA’s Dubai office will be Glenn Johnston, the association vice president. "I am extremely excited and honored to introduce to all in the Middle East Orange County’s casual sophistication, pristine beaches, legendary theme parks, inspirational shopping, endless options for fun in the sun and cultural exploration.
Last year, the OCVA opened offices in Shanghai and Beijing, China as part of a long-range strategic marketing plan to take The OC travel story to a broad audience of potential visitors outside the US.-TradeArabia News Service