Apr 29 2012
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Arabian Travel Market highlights regional growth prospects
DTCM, Emirates and The Vision join organizers of Arabian Travel Market to review existing strengths and potential for regional travel and tourism sector
Mark Walsh, Portfolio Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, speaking ahead of this year's showcase, set the tone for the week by commenting on the positive sentiment emanating from the industry, backed by solid growth figures.
The region is embarking on an unparalleled programme of investment and development, with a clear focus on infrastructure enhancement and the goal of driving visitor numbers as well as diversifying their economies," said Walsh.
Highlighting the strength of certain regional destinations, Walsh pointed to the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Oman's Ministry of Tourism is concentrating on promoting short breaks and MICE tourism targeting the Gulf and India as it continues its infrastructure development. "Research by Euromonitor has the Sultanate on a growth spurt, with arrivals growing from just over 1.2 million in 2006 to 2.2 million in 2011," he added.
Similarly, the number of visitors heading to Qatar is expected to jump to 1.6 million by 2014, according to Euromonitor, up from just under one million in 2009
"Saudi Arabia is the other regional player taking giant strides towards tourism prominence. Recent figures released by Business Monitor International, see visitors to the Kingdom expected to reach 15.8 million by 2014, up from around 13 million in 2010. Its hospitality sector is growing in tandem with the country's ongoing programme of economic diversification," remarked Walsh.
Saleh Mohammed Al Geziry, DTCM's Director of Overseas Promotions and Inward Missions, said:" Dubai tourism industry continues its strong growth despite the global economy still remaining unsettled due to our strong fundamentals and capability to meet the demands and expectations of the tourists and industry players.
Dubai hotels posted an excellent performance last year in terms of occupancy levels and guest nights. Guest nights rose to 32,848,190 in 2011, an increase of 23 per cent compared with the previous year" he added.
Route expansion plans by the region's major carriers are also opening up the Gulf and broader Middle East to new markets as combined annual profits reached approximately US$1 billion in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association. "The Arabian Travel Market has played a pivotal role in the development and success of the region's travel and tourism industry, functioning as a catalyst to attracting key industry figures from across the globe, to the region. Having supported ATM since its inception, we at Emirates are proud to see it develop into the formidable force it is today," said Salem Obaidalla, Senior Vice President - Commercial Operations (Europe & Russian Fed), Emirates.
"We see ATM as an ideal platform for Emirates to showcase our constant innovation; from our new global brand platform 'Hello Tomorrow' - our evolution from a travel brand to a lifestyle brand, to raising awareness for our new for 2012 destinations, as well as various other new initiatives across the Emirates Group."
Since the beginning of 2012, Emirates added new routes into Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lusaka, Harare, Dallas and Seattle. Other new routes planned before the end of this year include Ho Chi Minh City, Barcelona, Washington and Lisbon.
From the perspective of the ground level travel industry, Ali Abu Monassar, Chairman, The Vision Destination Management, said: "Arabian Travel Market is the right platform from which to network, showcase new products and re-affirm commitment and presence in the market. For The Vision Destination Management, as official ground handler, this is even more important and imperative.
"The travel industry within the Gulf is expanding; it is dynamic and vibrant, and this event brings together key players keen to develop this positivity and explore opportunities to grow further."
Philippe Bonnot, General Manager, Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel , also commented on the importance of ATM in promoting regional travel and tourism as a key economic force underpinning the region.
"ATM is an annual barometer for the industry and, 18 months on from the Arab Spring, the robust performance of the region's tourism sector augurs well for the remainder of the year and beyond," he said.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, ATM 2012, which is expecting 23,000 visitors, is being held at the Dubai International Exhibition and Conference Centre until 3 May.
For more information on Arabian Travel Market 2012, please log on to www.arabiantravelmarket.com
About Arabian Travel Market
Arabian Travel Market 2011 boasted more than 2,200 exhibitors and stand-sharers, from 69 countries. Arabian Travel Market is part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions' portfolio, which includes 15 of the world's leading travel industry events. For more information visit www.arabiantravelmarket.com
Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world's leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry. Its wide-ranging portfolio of events around the globe covers leisure travel, luxury travel, business travel and the meetings and incentives industry.
The 13 events are; World Travel Market (WTM), Arabian Travel Market (ATM), International French Travel Market (IFTM), La Cumbre, International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), International Luxury Travel Market Asia (ILTMA), Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) (owned by Melbourne Convention Visitors Bureau), Global Exhibition for Incentive, Business Travel, and Meetings (EIBTM), Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (GIBTM), Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (AIBTM), China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (CIBTM) and Business Travel Market.
April 2013 will see RTE will launch World Travel Market Latin America in São Paulo.
RTE is a business unit of Reed Exhibitions. In 2011, six million participants attended RE's 500 events in 39 countries covering 44 industry sectors from aerospace and aviation to beauty and cosmetics to sports and recreation.
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