This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), taking place from April 27 until May 1, 2019, will celebrate the launch of Arabian Travel Week.
Arabian Travel Week is an umbrella brand comprising four co-located events: ATM 2019, ITLM Arabia, CONNECT Middle East, India and Africa 2019 and ATM Holiday Shopper.
Exhibition director – Middle East, ATM, Danielle Curtis explained: “The success of both ATM and ILTM Arabia has provided us with the platform to not only introduce two new events for 2019, but to create a travel week which encompasses the Middle East’s inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism and luxury travel, as well as providing a dedicated networking forum for the region’s top airline specialists, aviation authorities, tourism boards, airports and tour operators.”
World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) recently revealed that the direct contribution of travel and tourism to the UAE’s economy is predicted to rise by 4.1 per cent per annum to $29.5 billion by 2028.
“Building on these figures, we are confident Arabian Travel Week will be a key driver in bringing top international destinations to the attention of the Middle East’s travel trade and consumers and equally, marketing the Middle East to strategic overseas tour operators and travel professionals,” Curtis added.
This year’s edition of ATM will showcase over 2,800 products and destinations from around the world to over 28,000 buyers and travel trade visitors. This year’s show will focus on cutting-edge technology and innovation, integrating the theme across all show verticals, planned activities and seminars.
CONNECT Middle East, India and Africa, taking place from April 30 until May 1, will bring together airports, airlines and aviation suppliers in a format that offers formal one-to-one pre-arranged meetings, engaging industry seminars as well as social opportunities to cement relationships with existing clients and engage with new ones.
In its third year, ILTM Arabia is an exclusive event for those looking to attract HNW travellers from the Middle East to their destination. Taking place during the first two days of ATM, ILTM will allow international luxury suppliers and key luxury buyers to connect via one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments and networking opportunities.
Finally, a new segment this year is ATM Holiday Shopper, which takes place on April 27, 2019. The event will showcase over 30 travel and hospitality exhibitors from regional and international destinations who will be offering the very best travel and tourism discounts and deals exclusively for consumers attending the show.
Curtis concluded: “Arabian Travel Week provides a renewed focus for the Middle East’s Travel and Tourism sector – under one roof over the course of one week – shining a spotlight on Dubai, the UAE, GCC and of course the wider MENA region’s burgeoning hospitality industry.”