RTE will launch new aviation show in Dubai

Published on : Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), will launch CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 – a new route development forum. It has signed collaboration agreement with The Airport Agency.



The two-day aviation show will be co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 and will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday 30thApril and Wednesday 1st May.



Emirates will be official airline partner while Emaar Hospitality Group will be the official hotel partner. Their delegates who attend the show will get preferential rates.  RTE is the organizer of the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM).



As per IATA, the Middle East’s aviation market is set to grow 5 per cent annually until 2036. The total market size is expected to expand to 517 million passengers over this period.  The sector is expected to contribute nearly AED 200 billion to the UAE’s economy by 2020. It will add up to 750,000 jobs.


According to Oxford Economics, the aviation industry accounts for more than 27 per cent of Dubai’s GDP, or U.S. dollar 26.7 billion. By 2020, it is expected to soar to U.S. dollar 53.1 billion.



CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 will bring several players on a unique networking platform. They include airline specialists, aviation authorities, tourism boards, airports and tour operators, as well as other travel-related industry professionals.



Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions said, “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,”



The event will include one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments, a conference programme, panel discussions and airline & industry briefings as well as an exhibition area dedicated to airports and suppliers.

In 2017, Dubai International Airport was the world’s 3rd largest international airport measured by total passengers, serving 88.2 million passengers, an increase of 5.5 per cent from 2016. Traffic this year was forecast to grow 2.4 per cent to 90.3 million.


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