Reps from 62 markets will be represented in-person at this year’s Arabian Travel Market, including Jordan, KSA, Germany, Italy, Russia, Greece, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives & Cyprus.
Now in its 28th Year, the region’s largest travel and tourism trade show, Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from May 16-19, with a total of 62 countries to be represented in person and key exhibitors from markets such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UK, China, Germany, Russia, Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Maldives, the Philippines, Thailand and the US.
According to Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director Middle East, Arabian Travel Market, “This is an impressive response from travel and tourism organizations across all travel sectors, given the various travel restrictions in place around the world, and provides a major boost for the travel industry in the Middle East.”
Many destinations participating this year are hoping to attract GCC visitors in the second half of 2021. The Maldives, for example, will have a significant presence at ATM, on top of perennial favorites such as Malaysia and Thailand, Germany, Greece, Italy and Switzerland.
“The Maldives has done exceptionally well in 2021 so far, welcoming over 200,000 visitors in the first two months of the year. It is one of the top destinations for UAE travelers and to cope with the increased demand, in March Emirates announced it was increasing its services over the Easter holidays, offering customers 28 weekly flights to Male, up from the scheduled 24 weekly flights,” added Curtis.
As per social distancing guidelines and regulations, only 11,000 people will be allowed to enter the nine halls at any given time. This year’s show centers around the theme A new dawn for travel and tourism, and the spotlight will be focused on the very latest corona news from around the world – vaccination rates, the state of the industry and most importantly, what the future may hold.
The program features 67 conference sessions and oer 145 speakers, with a Global Stage which will host a hotel industry summit, dedicated buyer forums for Saudi Arabia and China, an International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC), as well as a special session on Gulf-Israeli ties.