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Two missions to Dubai on Enterprise Florida schedule

Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI), a state-directed group of business and government leaders charged with private sector job creation, has a 2023 travel itinerary that would exhaust even the indefatigable Phileas Fogg.

From sea to sky, its journeys begin this month in Germany at Düsseldorf boot, one of the world’s leading boat shows, drawing as many as 2,000 exhibitors from 70 nations and expecting 250,000 visitors. Running Jan. 21-29, it will be Enterprise Florida’s first visit to Düsseldorf boot.

Hopscotching across some two dozen cities and countries, the organization’s 2023 global excursions conclude in the skies over the United Arab Emirates Nov. 13-17 at the Dubai Air Show, the leading event in the Middle East for the aerospace and defense industries.

“Enterprise Florida organizes and hosts dozens of events every year,” its website explains, “including virtual and in-person tradeshows, webinars and board meetings. The events are aimed at “helping Florida small and medium-sized businesses grow and keeping our state leaders and stakeholders apprised of current economic development efforts across the state, the site concludes.

EFI is headquartered in Orlando, with auxiliary offices in Coral Gables and Tallahassee. The Miami-Dade office, 201 Alhambra Circle, concentrates on international trade and development. Enterprise Florida offers trade show grants that will pay for 75% of the cost of a booth, up to a maximum of $7,500. For grant information, contact Joseph Bell at the Coral Gables office, (305) 240-9717,

Here is its 2023 travel schedule with contact information.
Jan. 21-29, Düsseldorf boot, Düsseldorf, Germany; Contact: Larry Bernaski, (904) 359-9350;
Jan 30-Feb, 2, Arab Health, 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It will be the largest healthcare event for the Middle East, with more than 5,000 exhibitors. Last year’s show attracted 65,000 visitors from 50 countries. Enterprise Florida will host a Florida Pavilion for state companies. Contact: Michael Schiffhauer, (407) 956-5634, mschiffhauer@enterpriseflorida.

Feb. 6-9, Export Sales Mission to Senegal, Dakar, Senegal. This will be Enterprise Florida’s first trip to Senegal, a West African nation of nearly 18 million people. Enterprise Florida is “collaborating with the US Embassy in Dakar,” the website says, “to coordinate the mission and facilitate one-on-one business meetings.” Contact: Joseph Bell, (305) 240-9717,

Feb. 28-March 2, Braz, Intermodal South America 2023, Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The most significant land, air, rail, and sea trade show in Latin America,” the website says, “it is the largest logistics, intralogistics, cargo transport, and foreign trade event in Latin America. Contact: Bruna Pizzutti, (305) 808-3668,

March 9-16, Tradewinds, Bangkok, Thailand. The largest US government-led trade mission and business development forum, Tradewinds, organized by the US Commercial Service, features pre-scheduled meetings with US commercial diplomats from 20 countries throughout Asia, conference programming and plenty of networking. The meeting scheduling platform will open to all paid registrants in early February. Contact:

March 12-17, Clean Tech Trade Mission to the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel. The US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing the trade mission to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Tel Aviv, Israel. It will introduce US companies and trade associations to the United States’ largest trading partners and four of the largest economies in the Middle East. Contact:

March 14-18, International Dental Show (IDS) 2023, Cologne, Germany. Exhibitors will include manufacturers, importers, service providers, associations and institutions directly related to products and systems for dental medicine and dental technology. Contact: Michael Schiffhauer, (407) 956-5634,

March 24-31, Export Sales Mission, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand. Enterprise Florida (EFI) invites Florida-based manufacturers and professional service providers to attend. Both countries are important US export markets with a track record of economic growth and an appetite for US products. Australia is ranked as the 16th largest export market for the US, with $26.4 billion in goods exported in 2021.

Around 1,400 American companies operate in Australia in a wide variety of sectors. The United States is New Zealand’s third-largest trading partner.

In 2021, New Zealand imports from the US totaled $3.7 billion. Contact: John Diep, (561) 832-8339,

March 28-31, Export Sales Mission, Georgetown, Guyana. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America, and is considered a Caribbean country due to its political and cultural history. Its strategic position along the northeast Atlantic coast of South America makes Guyana an ideal gateway for business in both the South America and Caribbean markets, Enterprise Florida says. Contact: Alejandra Henao, (305) 808-3670,

May 23-26, Hospitalar 2023, São Paulo, Brazil. The show features products ranging from the most sophisticated medical technology to disposables. More than 90,000 professional visitors and over 1,250 exhibitors are anticipated. Last year the show attracted over 75,000 visitors from 40 nations, and more than 1,000 exhibiting brands. Contact: Michael Schiffhauer, (407) 956-5634,

June 19-23, Paris Air Show 2023, Paris, France. The 54th edition of the Paris Air Show will bring together buyers, sellers, senior management from major airlines, high-ranking military officials, dignitaries, and foreign delegations from around the world. Contact: Michael Cooney, (407) 946-5678,

June 27-30, Laser World of Photonics, Munich, Germany. The event is the world’s leading trade fair for components, systems, and applications of photonics, which is the science behind the generation, detection and manipulation of light. Contact: Joseph Bell, (305) 240-9717,

Nov. 13-17, Dubai Airshow 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The show is the leading event in the Middle East for the aerospace and defense industries. Dubai and the wider region have changed rapidly in the past 42 years, according to Enterprise Florida. “The ancient trade route of the Middle East has modernized at an unrivaled pace to become not only a crucial logistical hub, but also one of the world’s fastest growing aerospace regions,” EFI’s website says.

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