Arabian Journey Market to welcome over 2,000 exhibitors | Information

Arabian Travel Market to welcome over 2,000 exhibitors
From left to proper: Haitham Mattar, Managing Director, IHG Accommodations & Resorts; HE Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Company for Tourism and Commerce Advertising, a part of DET; Vasyl Zhygalo, Managing Director, RX Center East / Portfolio Director WTM and IBTM, RX; Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director for the Center East, Arabian Journey Market; and Adnan Kazim, Chief Business Officer, Emirates.

Arabian Journey Market (ATM) 2023 is able to welcome the worldwide journey, tourism and hospitality group to the UAE from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 Could. The thirtieth version of the present will host over 2,000 exhibitors, representatives from greater than 150 international locations and an anticipated 34,000 attendees.
Happening at Dubai World Commerce Centre (DWTC) in collaboration with the emirate’s Division of Financial system and Tourism (DET), this yr’s convention will as soon as once more type a central part of the UAE’s annual Arabian Journey Week.

In keeping with its theme, ‘Working In direction of Internet Zero’, ATM 2023 will present a discussion board during which individuals can forge new connections, share information and showcase improvements with the potential to expedite the worldwide journey sector’s journey in the direction of decarbonisation.

Vasyl Zhygalo, Managing Director of RX Center East and Portfolio Director of WTM, IBTM and RX, mentioned: “Following the very profitable WTM Africa and WTM Latin America earlier this spring it’s nice to now see the worldwide journey group interact with Arabian Journey Market. We’ve seen a strong enhance in exhibitor progress throughout all present areas and it’s thrilling to have the ability to welcome again our Chinese language colleagues after remaining covid restrictions had been lifted within the area.”

“With sustainability an ever-increasing consideration for the journey {industry}, and certainly throughout the WTM and IBTM occasion portfolios, it’s by no means been extra essential for the sector to work together with ATM 2023’s theme, ‘Working In direction of Internet Zero’ and discover the huge array of enterprise tendencies and alternatives showcased round this subject on the present.”

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Journey Market, added: “ATM 2023 will present a platform for a various array of public and private-sector audio system, all of whom will provide knowledgeable insights into sustainable journey tendencies, accountable tourism and a number of different industry-critical points.

“Our opening session, as an illustration, will see policymakers take to the ATM International Stage for a ministerial debate on how journey can sort out the local weather disaster,” Curtis continued. “Moderated by CNN’s Eleni Giokos, this panel will see His Excellency Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Financial system; His Excellency Makram Mustafa Abdul Karim Al-Qaisi, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan; His Excellency Minister of Tourism Eng. Walid Nassar, Minister of Tourism, Lebanon; and Sukit Mohanty, Chief of the UNDRR for Arab States; come collectively to discover the methods during which our {industry} is working in the direction of internet zero.”

Exhibitor participation in ATM 2023 has risen by 27% in comparison with final yr’s occasion, with progress registered throughout all present sectors. These embrace regional upticks for the Center East, illustration for which might be 24% bigger than in 2022, Europe (17% bigger), Asia (15% bigger) and Africa (8.5% bigger). The occasion’s Journey Tech and inns sectors have additionally witnessed sizeable year-on-year progress, increasing by 62% and 37.5%, respectively.

Chinese language exhibitors and journey professionals are making a welcome return to ATM 2023, after the nation lifted its Covid-related journey restrictions earlier this yr. China turned the world’s prime supply market in 2019, with 155 million vacationers spending greater than $250 billion abroad, and CNN predicts the nation’s outbound market will get well to round six million travellers per 30 days by the summer time of 2023.

Southeast Asia and India will characteristic prominently at this yr’s occasion too. In accordance with the Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI), Indian nationals spent a report $10 billion on abroad journey throughout the first 9 months of 2022, a rise of practically 43% in comparison with pre-Covid figures. Different estimates point out the variety of annual outbound journeys will attain greater than 27 million by 2024, with a complete worth of over $42 billion.

Saudi Arabia could have a substantial presence at ATM 2023. The Kingdom registered extra worldwide arrivals than another Arab nation throughout the first 9 months of final yr, welcoming greater than 18 million guests throughout this era, in response to authorities knowledge. Tourism spending in KSA hit $7.2bn in H1 2022.

To mark its thirtieth version, ATM might be unveiling a devoted sustainability pledge that has been designed to bolster RX’s dedication to the supply of sustainable occasions by way of using environmentally pleasant supplies, the elimination of single-use plastics and different forward-thinking initiatives. Along with setting out the present’s journey in the direction of internet zero, this pledge might be accompanied by a brand new playbook, which affords individuals a framework inside which to mitigate their environmental affect earlier than, throughout and after the occasion.

His Excellency, Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Company for Tourism and Commerce Advertising, commented: “It’s certainly becoming that this yr’s ATM theme focusses on sustainability to construct a greater future for tourism. For us, this theme assumes even higher significance as 2023 is UAE’s 12 months of Sustainability and Dubai might be internet hosting COP28, the UN Local weather Change Convention. Dubai has made important strides on this space, with methods to cut back carbon footprint and create a extra environmentally acutely aware tourism {industry}, aligned with the ambition of our visionary management to make Dubai one of the best metropolis on the earth to go to, stay, and work in. As momentum continues to speed up throughout the worldwide tourism and MICE segments, we welcome the pursuit of a extra developed, collaborative, inclusive and long-term strategy to sustainable progress and practices for the {industry}.”

This yr’s present can even characteristic the inaugural ‘ATM Sustainable Stand Award’, the outcomes of which might be introduced as a part of the ATM 2023 Finest Stand Awards. Entries might be judged in accordance to an intensive vary of sustainable standards, together with provider alternative, materials utilization, operational effectivity, and even what’s going to occur to stands as soon as the exhibition has concluded.

Along with sustainability, the ATM International Stage will host quite a lot of periods targeted on pivotal {industry} points, together with, however not restricted to: inns and hospitality; aviation and transport; conferences, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE); enterprise journey; funding; accountable tourism; workforce diversification; and rising segments akin to points of interest, cruises, wellness and cultural tourism.

The upcoming version will see the return of the ATM Journey Tech Stage, which can host discussions on how elements akin to synthetic intelligence, the metaverse, cryptocurrency and large knowledge are impacting the journey sector, whereas showcasing cutting-edge improvements and options with the potential to drive the following era of sustainable tourism.

ATM 2023 can even characteristic a Sustainability Hub for the primary time within the present’s historical past. This house will provide a venue for periods devoted to the newest sustainable journey tendencies and improvements, whereas offering the backdrop for the ATM 2023 Begin-up Competitors – an occasion hosted by convention associate Plug and Play, which can see entrepreneurs go head-to-head in a ‘Sustainable Tech Pitch Battle’.

This yr’s present will see the return of Worldwide Luxurious Journey Market (ILTM) Arabia, which can discover tendencies and alternatives throughout the burgeoning area of high-end tourism. By way of luxurious journey priorities, 25% of these residing within the UAE are in search of nice leisure, whereas 19% place the most important emphasis on premium-quality lodging when reserving journeys, in response to market analysis printed by YouGov.

There can even be periods from the Worldwide Tourism & Funding Convention (ITIC), the Worldwide Congress and Conference Affiliation (ICCA) and the International Enterprise Journey Affiliation (GBTA).

With a wide selection of different must-attend occasions on the agenda, together with periods targeted on the important thing markets of India, China and the GCC, plus a brand new casual velocity networking platform, ATM 2023 will provide one thing to go well with each specialism and curiosity, to not point out unparalleled networking and knowledge-sharing alternatives.

Adnan Kazim, Chief Business Officer at Emirates, mentioned: “As we have a good time 30 years of partnership and dedication at ATM, it’s exceptional to see this occasion’s evolution and rising prominence on the worldwide stage. We’re happy with the position we now have performed within the progress of ATM and strengthening its mindshare as an {industry} occasion, in addition to the expansion of our residence metropolis Dubai, which is on the forefront of world tourism. This yr, Emirates might be showcasing our newest merchandise, connecting with our {industry} companions in addition to demonstrating our dedication to minimise our environmental affect and sustainable aviation practices.”

Haitham Mattar, Managing Director of IHG Accommodations & Resorts, added: “Because the official lodge associate for ATM 2023, we sit up for the occasions’ momentous thirtieth version. It’s a incredible alternative to showcase our wide-ranging portfolio of inns within the area, introduce new and upcoming inns and delve additional into our new ‘IHG One Rewards’ loyalty providing for each leisure and enterprise travellers. Given the theme of this yr’s occasion, “Working in the direction of Internet Zero,” we can even be showcasing our commitments to drive environmental and social change throughout our property. Most significantly, we might be focussed on connecting with new and current companions, suppliers and {industry} friends to make sure we facilitate higher, collective success for the hospitality sector at massive.”

The thirtieth version of ATM will happen as a part of Arabian Journey Week, a pageant of occasions devoted to enabling {industry} professionals from all around the world to collaborate and capitalise on market alternatives by way of exhibitions, conferences, breakfast briefings, awards, product launches and networking occasions.

Along with ATM 2023, the ATM Begin-up Competitors, ATM Journey Tech, ILTM Arabia, GBTA Enterprise Journey Boards, Purchaser Pace Networking, the Influencer Networking Occasion, the Enterprise Traveller Awards and Dubai Meals Pageant will all happen underneath the auspices of Arabian Journey Week 2023, which can run from Monday 1 Could to Wednesday 10 Could throughout Dubai.

ATM 2023’s strategic companions embrace Dubai’s Division of Financial system and Tourism (DET) because the Vacation spot Accomplice, Emirates because the Official Airline Accomplice, IHG Accommodations & Resorts because the Official Lodge Accomplice and Al Rais Journey because the Official DMC Accomplice.