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Geneva, 27 November – MSC Cruises has been named Business Destinations magazine’s 2014 Best MICE Cruise Company in the Middle East, in a poll of business travellers around the world.

The annual Business Destinations awards are conferred by a cross-section of travel executives and high-end commuters from Fortune 500 companies, MICE solution providers and other influential figures from the business travel community.
The Best M.I.C.E. Cruise Company, Middle East accolade recognizes MSC Cruises’ focus on providing Middle East cruise itineraries with top quality solutions for business travellers and corporate events.

MSC Cruises makes every effort to meet the needs of business travellers in the Middle East, who are increasingly seeking unexplored ways to meet and network. MSC Cruises offers state-of-the-art onboard conference facilities, and a specialist M.I.C.E. team with special expertise in marketing, branding, planning and logistics, to ensure the success of corporate events.
Antonio Paradiso, MSC Cruises Executive Director Emerging Markets said: “To have our M.I.C.E. services in the Middle East recognized by the industry is very gratifying, since this is an area we’re focusing on. We’ve added four new itineraries to our offer in Dubai and the Emirates for the 2014-2015 cruise season and positioned the 2,500-guest MSC Orchestra in the region. She’s a beautiful ship and perfectly equipped to meet the needs of our guests and business travellers.”

He added: “Growing awareness of Dubai and a new multi-entry visa system implemented by the UAE that makes multi-stop cruises in the region easier and more cost-effective, are driving interest. Today, business travellers find Dubai more attractive than ever and we’re ready to help them create corporate events they can be proud of.”

During the 2014-2015 winter season, MSC Orchestra sets sail from the ultramodern port of Dubai on a heading for UAE capital Abu Dhabi, before calling at Khor Fakkan then Oman’s capital Muscat, one of the largest ports in the world, and finally Khasab. Dubai will also be the departure port for the first MSC Grand Voyage to Australia, when MSC Orchestra will weigh anchor for an epic 33-night journey covering India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

The winter 2015 issue of Business Destinations can be read at: