Published on : Wednesday, June 19, 2019
This year’s Arabian Travel Market saw a 106% increase in visitors from China and a 20% increase in international visitors to the event. ATM was held at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May this year.
ATM has gradually grown to become the largest event of its kind in the region and one of the biggest in the world.
This year’s event showcased the largest ever exhibition from Asia, witnessing an 8% YoY increase in total floor space, with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka being the largest exhibitors.
To quote Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, “The continued growth of ATM is testament to the continued strength of the travel and tourism industry in the Middle East. It not only brings together travel and tourism professionals from around the globe to discuss the potential of the regional outbound market, where GCC tourists spend over six times the global average. In addition, it draws major inbound players, eager to capitalize on the huge amount of investment that is being put into the region’s tourism infrastructure, including its airlines, resorts, attractions and facilities.”
This year’s edition, which placed a spotlight on cutting-edge technology and innovation, had more than 400 main stand holders with over 100 new exhibitors making their debut. The number of countries represented at this year totalled over 150.
ATM 2019 formed part of the inaugural Arabian Travel Week, as well as ILTM Arabia, CONNECT Middle East, India and Africa – a new route development forum which launched this year and new consumer-led event ATM Holiday Shopper which started proceedings on Saturday 27th April.
Terry von Bibra, GM Europe, Alibaba Group said, “Smaller groups [of Chinese travellers] are going to new places to discover and have unique experiences – special experiences that they can share with friends on social media, which is very important.”
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