Reed Travel Exhibitions has enhanced its portfolio of events with the two-day CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 – a new route development forum, which will be co-located with the Arabian Travel Market 2019.
The event is scheduled to take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on April 30 and May 1, 2019. Emirates Airline has been announced as the official airline partner, while Emaar Hospitality Group has been chosen as the official hotel partner. Both entities will offer those attending the show preferential rates.
Divisional director, Reed Travel Exhibition, Nick Pilbeam declared: “The Middle East’s aviation market is forecast to grow five per cent annually until 2036, according to IATA. It is predicated that the sector will witness an extra 322 million passengers a year on routes to, from and within the region – with the total market size expanding to 517 million passengers over this period.
“The sector is expected to contribute nearly AED 200 billion to the UAE’s economy by 2020, providing up to 750,000 jobs. Moreover, the aviation industry is a crucial economic pillar for Dubai, accounting for more than 27 per cent of Dubai’s GDP, or $26.7 billion, according to Oxford Economics. This is expected to increase to 37.5 per cent by 2020 with a total annualised impact of $53.1 billion,” Pilbeam added.
CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 will unite airline specialists, aviation authorities, tourism boards, airports and tour operators, as well as other travel-related industry professionals. A total of 400 delegates will attended the show for one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments, while a conference programme, panel discussions and airline and industry briefings will take place. Also featured will be an exhibition area dedicated to airports and suppliers.
Pilbeam noted: “Being the world’s largest travel event organiser, with shows on all continents, our collaboration with The Airport Agency will bring the entire tourism supply chain together, providing huge strategic commercial opportunities for aviation professionals, particularly those specialising in airport route development, networking planning and procurement.”
CONNECT has hosted numerous events around the world, with the most recent one being CONNECT in Georgia. This event welcomed more than 500 aviation decision makers, including more than 65 airlines, and represented 250 airports. During CONNECT Georgia, current and future air transport links and route development plans were discussed, and topical issues, challenges and trends were brought to light.