Middle East Tourism Investment Summit hosted today to restart tourism

Published on : Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Middle East Tourism Investment Summit will be two-fold organised by ITIC in partner-ship with ATM. The in-person summit will be held in Dubai on the Wednesday 19 May and will be followed by a virtual summit on the 27 May. The theme will be ‘Invest-Rebuild-Restart the tourism industry in the Middle East’.

The Middle East is standing out as the region offering the most exciting tourism prospects following the Covid-19 vaccination campaigns that have been successfully rolled out.

Taleb Rifai Chairman of ITIC and former Secretary-General of UNWTO stated that they are delighted to host in partnership with ATM our face-to-face Tourism Investment Summit after 18 months and to regroup industry leaders to discuss the investment oppor-tunities, challenges, issues and the way forward for the future.

For his part Ibrahim Ayoub, ITIC’s Group CEO, expressed his confidence that the vaccination campaigns will contribute to the rapid restart of international flights. “Dubai has already set the example of the successful reopening of its airspace and country to foreign visitors. We expect that other countries especially in the Middle East which have properly managed the Covid-19 pandemic, to follow”, he added. “Their resilience needs to be commended.

These two ITIC summits aim at providing industry leaders with the latest trends and oppor-tunities so that they can position themselves among the first movers to reap the advantages of the post-Covid-19 recovery in the Middle East region.

Industry decision-makers such as Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports; Nicolas Mayer, Global Tourism Leader of PWC; Scott Livermore, Chief Economist of Oxford Economics, Middle East; H.E. Nayef Al-Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan; HE Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman Sharjah Investment and Development Authority; Raki Phillips, CEO Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; H.E. Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General, Ajman Tourism Development Department; Bastien Blanc, Managing Director, IHG Hotels & Resorts KSA; Marc Descrozaille, COO, Accor Hotels, India, Middle East & Africa; Dinky Puri, CEO Eagle Wing Group; Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman of ITIC and former Secretary-General of UNWTO and Gerald Lawless Director ITIC and WTTC Ambassador just to name a few, will share their much sought-after insights during the in-person summit on the 19th May at the ATM Global Stage.


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