Published on : Friday, September 10, 2021
The ninth Meetings Arabia & Luxury Travel (Malt) Congress took place in Dubai at InterContinental Dubai in Festival City as the market continues to recover from the impact of Covid-19. Dubai itself provided the ideal backdrop for the event.
The event explored how the travel market will look across the Middle East in the wake of the pandemic with Issam Kazim, Chief Executive of Dubai Tourism, opening the proceedings. The industry in Dubai is looking for face-to-face interactions with carefully sifted buyers, with the rebound in tourism focused on business-to-business meetings in a safe and secured environment.
The Malt Congress brought the entire realm of luxury travel buyers to connect, converse and collaborate with top suppliers through pre-arranged one to one business appointments. The event featured expert sessions on what the future looks like for the travel industry, lessons learnt in 2020 and information on how we can be better prepared for the future.
The stellar speaker line-up included: Ahmed Elmetwally, chief executive of the Private office of sheikh Mohamed Bin Ahmed Bin Hamadan Al Nahayan; James Morgan, dean of International Tourism & Hospitality College; Steen Jakobsen, assistant vice president, Dubai Business Events; Sulaiman Ali Al Romi, director of protocol, Capital Market Authority; and Andrew Brown, regional director with the World Travel & Tourism Council.
Participating destination this year include Dubai Business Events, Discover Moscow, Visit Czech Republic, Eastern Europe Tours, Kompas, Korea Tourism Organisation, Palazzo Versace and Zaya Nurai Island.