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Page 14 • MICEBTN - DEC 2016 - FEB 2017 OCEC opening boosts Oman’s MICE profile the SherAton resort & Spa, tokoriki Island, Fiji will reopen on 25 Janu- ary, 2017 following a A$16 million refurbishment. the upscale resort, which has been closed since February, 2016 following Cyclone Winston, has been upgraded throughout, with the renovation of all guest rooms, suites and public areas. new guest facilities have also been added to further improve the guest experience, including Sunset Bistro, a café-style dining venue, a Fijian cultural centre and a mini golf course. Rejuvenated Sheraton Tokoriki reopens with extras January 25 Dubai’s free airport wifi gets faster DuBAI Airports has rolled out an upgraded free wifi service at Dubai International and Dubai World Cen- tral airports after the success of a four-month pilot project launched at Concourse D in July this year. Michael Ibbitson, executive vice president of Business Technology at Dubai Airports said: “When our pas- sengers arrive in Dubai after a long journey they now expect to keep in touch with friends and family all over the world. To enable this, Dubai Airports has invested heavily in developing a state of the art infra- structure to deliver industry leading wifi capability.” THE OMAN Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has opened, strength- ening Oman’s attraction for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). Khalid Al Zidjali, head of Oman Con- vention Bureau said: “The Oman Con- vention Bureau is a milestone towards achieving our objectives in the MICE tourism sector. “We will work as a specialised team to enhance this sector and regulate the processes, and use various external channels to promote MICE internation- ally. “The Bureau also aims to maintain a healthy atmosphere that supports all in- stitutions and organisations working in the sector to host events and promote the Sultanate.” The Bureau will also market tourism packages to global corporates. The OCEC has theatres, conference rooms, four hotels with almost 1,000 rooms and major exhibition halls that can handle thousands of participants simultaneously. Complementing the OCEC, the Muscat International Airport is under- going renovation and expansion in a three-phase program that will see its passenger capacity rise to 12 million passengers, then 24 million and finally 48 million. To ensure the speed and reliability of the new service, Dubai Airports is currently investing in over 6,000 new wifi access points to upgrade the en- tire wireless network infrastructure across both airports, with a band- width capacity sufficient to power a small city. “It is just one of many initiatives we have undertaken to serve and delight the 83 million passengers that will pass through our airports this year,” he said.