Arabian Travel Market 2018 opens tomorrow in Dubai

Published on : Monday, April 23, 2018

indexIn celebration of ATM’s 25 th year, there will be a series of seminar sessions looking back on how tourism has changed and developed in the MENA region over the last quarter of a century and also forecasting what lies ahead for the industry over the next 25 years.

In addition, the show will feature four days of business networking opportunities and
advice clinics as well as a full programme of insightful seminar sessions including Halal
Tourism, Travel Technology, Aviation, Instagram and Airbnb to name a few.

On the Global Stage, the opening session ‘Future Travel Experiences’ will take place
from 1.30pm on Sunday 22 nd April, with a high-profile panel including: Christoph Muller, Chief Digital and Innovation officer, Emirates Airline and Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director, Middle East and India Field Operations, Virgin Hyperloop One.

Moderated by broadcaster Richard Dean, the session will explore the impact ultra-
modern travel infrastructure will have on the tourism industry in the UAE and wider GCC
region over the next decade, as technological advances bring new and improved modes
of transport to the market.

Press added: “The tourism industry in the GCC has grown ten-fold and more since we
first opened our show doors 25 years ago. Today, we are seeing dozens of ambitious
projects being announced across the UAE and wider GCC. From innovative hyperloop
train systems and the development of key airports to cities-within- cities, the region has a
masterplan for growth and development, and it is vital that these plans are discussed in
forums such as the ATM Global Stage 2018.”

Exploring the trillion-dollar Muslim lifestyle and food industry, the Global Stage will host
the second ATM Global Halal Tourism Summit, from 11.00am on Tuesday 24th April.
The Global Halal Tourism Summit will discuss the development of an industry that is
growing at such a fast rate that it should no longer be deemed a niche. It will also
encompass themes that range from inclusivity and investment opportunities to the
Muslim traveller of the future.

Also new this year is the ATM Student Conference – ‘Career in Travel’. Taking place on
the final day (Wednesday 25 th ), the programme is aimed at ‘tomorrow’s’ travel
professionals and hoteliers.

For the first time, ATM has partnered with the organisers of the International Hotel
Investment Conference (IHIF) to present the inaugural Destination Investment panel.
Taking place on Monday 23 rd April on the ATM Global Stage, the session will discuss
what drives investment in travel destinations across the Middle East and neighbouring

Running alongside the main exhibition on the first two days of the show (22-23 April),
ILTM Arabia will return following a successful debut at last year’s event. International
luxury suppliers and key luxury buyers will connect via one-to- one pre-scheduled
appointments and networking opportunities.

Other ATM calendar favourites returning for this year include the Wellness and Spa
Lounge, the Travel Agents’ Academy, Buyers’ Club, Digital Influencer Speed
Networking and the ultra-innovative Travel Tech Show.



Source:- Arabian Travel Market

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