The Arabian Travel Market, ATM, 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, will open its doors on 24th April for business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions and top level ministerial discussions.
Now in its 24th year, this year’s edition, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 24th to 27th April, will welcome over 2,600 exhibitors and an expected 30,000 visitors to the largest travel trade event in the Middle East, Dubai Media Office said.
For the second successive year, organisers have added an extra hall to accommodate the event’s demand, with over 150 countries represented, 65 national pavilions, and more than 100 new exhibitors set to make their ATM debut.
"It is clear that the Expo 2020 project is driving growth throughout Dubai, as it aims to complete 160,000 hotel rooms in time to welcome an additional five million visitors over the course of the six-month event. However, the UAE and the GCC countries as a whole are looking towards tourism as a way of diversifying their economies away from their reliance on hydrocarbon receipts," said Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM.
"The increasing trend is for an immersive style of tourism, which encompasses different areas of local life – culinary, culture, history, shopping, nature, sports, halal, theme parks, wellness and spa, medical tourism and sheer Arabic opulence – and can be the basis for a holistic travel experience, by connecting with a place rather than just making a visit,'' he added.
"This growing trend is now on the radar of the region’s tourism chiefs as destinations face increased competition for their share of the more traditional travel segments. And it is very much on the radar of Arabia Travel Market 2017, which has adopted experiential travel as the main theme of this year’s event, integrating it across all show verticals and many activities, including focussed seminars and roundtable events."
New to ATM 2017, ILTM Arabia will host to one-to-one, pre-scheduled appointments between suppliers of luxury products and destinations from around the world to an audience of high net worth individuals.
While marketing to experiential travellers will be an integral part of the ATM Travel Tech seminar programme, there will also be a series of seminars, including a look at the role of Expo 2020 in delivering the UAE government’s long-term vision for economic diversification. Just three years away, high level stakeholders will take part in a panel discussion about the upcoming event.