Arabian Journey Market has reached a profitable conclusion in Dubai as in individual exhibits return to the Center East for the primary time because the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A whole lot of exhibitors had been joined by hundreds of delegates for the occasion, which passed off this week on the Dubai World Commerce Centre (DWTC).
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, founding father of the Emirates Group and chairman of Dubai World, formally inaugurated the 2021 version of the present on Sunday, taking a tour of the stands.
On present had been exhibitors from 62 international locations together with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, the Maldives, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and the US, underscoring the power of the occasion.
Delegates had been unfold throughout 9 halls at DWTC.The occasion will as soon as once more play an integral position in Arabian Journey Week, a ten-day lengthy competition of journey and tourism happening in Dubai and on-line.
Along with the in-person Arabian Journey Market occasion, different highlights embody journey know-how exhibition Journey Ahead; Arival Dubai for the excursions and sights sector; a GBTA half-day digital enterprise journey convention; and the Center East Tourism Funding Summit from the ITIC.
This 12 months, for the primary time in ATM historical past, a brand new hybrid format will imply a digital ATM operating every week later, from Might 24-26, to enhance and attain a wider viewers than ever earlier than.
ATM Digital, which made its debut final 12 months, proved to be a powerful success attracting 12,000 on-line attendees from 140 international locations.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, founding father of the Emirates Group, formally opened the occasion
The Saudi pavilion at Arabian Journey Market was a key focus for delegates, buzzing with enterprise offers and improvement bulletins.
“Saudi is driving a brand new mannequin of tourism for the twenty-first century,” claimed Fahd Hamidaddin, chief government of the Saudi Tourism Authority.
“This ATM demonstrated the popularity by main world journey business gamers of the large alternatives our dynamic and rising tourism business provides.”
Greater than 20 Saudi companions converged on the Saudi exhibitor stand, which witnessed over 890 conferences and a flurry of offers between main journey corporations and worldwide tourism companions, showcasing the fast-expanding providing of one of many latest leisure journey locations.
“Partnerships with the key tourism gamers are reworking or nice ambition as a leisure tourism vacation spot into actuality, so we had been thrilled to see a lot optimistic motion at ATM,” added Hamidaddin.
The exercise on the present mirrored the spectacular progress of the Saudi tourism ecosystem, with the variety of native DMCs expandeding from 17 in the summertime of 2019 to 72 at the moment.
MSC Cruises will launch two Purple Sea itineraries within the autumn with Saudi residence ports, and main lodge manufacturers together with Marriott Worldwide, Hilton and Accor will be a part of IHG in increasing their footprint in Saudi.
Additionally on the stand, IHG Inns & Resorts introduced the signing of a grasp improvement settlement with RIVA Growth Firm through its wholly owned subsidiary RIVA Hospitality for Lodge Companies Firm.
The deal will see the pair open at the very least seven motels within the kingdom.
The five-year settlement will add to the IHG portfolio throughout key manufacturers within the nation in cities akin to Riyadh, Jeddah, Jap Province, Abha, Hail, Qassim and Tabuk.
Talking on the announcement, Haitham Mattar, managing director, India, Center East & Africa, IHG, stated: “We’re excited to companion with RIVA Growth Firm as we strengthen our providing in Saudi Arabia.
“We have now a powerful legacy within the kingdom and are dedicated to leveraging the expansion alternatives that concentrate on aligning with Saudi’s imaginative and prescient 2030 and the precedence locations highlighted within the Saudi Tourism Technique, by increasing our presence throughout the nation by way of our portfolio of world manufacturers.
“With quite a lot of latest signings in Saudi Arabia, throughout our manufacturers akin to InterContinental, Vacation Inn, voco and Crowne Plaza, we’re rising our presence with best-in-class merchandise, experiences and companies, that entice each home and worldwide guests.”
IHG presently operates 38 motels throughout 5 manufacturers in Saudi Arabia.
Elsewhere at ATM, Breaking Journey Information caught up with Jerry Inzerillo and Abdullah Al Zahrani to seek out out extra concerning the Diriyah Gate Growth Authority and Purple Sea Growth Firm.

Haitham Mattar made headlines for IHG Inns &Resorts on the Saudi Arabia stand
With simply months to go till the opening, all eyes had been additionally on Expo 2020 at Arabian Journey Market this 12 months.
Guests from throughout the globe will be capable to get pleasure from a spectacular line-up of sights, sounds and tastes on the occasion, by way of a sequence of curated itineraries designed round their passions and pursuits.
Out there in a half-day, full-day or three-day codecs, the guided and self-guided journeys – the latter obtainable by way of the Expo 2020 cell app – will spotlight site-wide sights interesting to households, {couples}, college students, enterprise travellers and everybody in between.
They may assist guarantee Expo 2020 is full of unforgettable experiences for all when it opens its doorways to the world on October 1st.
Sumathi Ramanathan, vice chairman, market technique and gross sales, Expo 2020 Dubai, stated: “Expo 2020 is for explorers, foodies and tradition fanatics, for youngsters and grandparents, for entrepreneurs, inventors and companies travellers, for the informal vacationer, and for the curious who need to expertise the longer term – now.
“Our easy-to-access itineraries will allow each customer to find the game-changing improvements, world-class leisure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences which can be related to them, making certain everybody who walks by way of our doorways has a protected expertise that amazes, conjures up and excites the senses.”
Discover extra info right here, or check out the Breaking Journey Information interview with Sumathi Ramanathan right here.
Expo 2020 Dubai will open its gates to the world in October
After all, hosts Dubai additionally made loads of waves at Arabian Journey Market.
Over 70 representatives from authorities our bodies, motels, vacation spot administration corporations and tour operators joined Dubai Tourism at DWTC to securely welcome stakeholders, companions and guests to the important thing business.
Issam Kazim, chief government of Dubai Tourism, stated: “ATM will play a pivotal position in strengthening the business in what continues to be one of the difficult intervals for world tourism.
“With Dubai being the host vacation spot and as one of many longstanding official companions of the occasion, our participation along with a cross-section of business representatives is prime to the worldwide efforts underway in coping with a quickly evolving state of affairs in addition to to drive post-pandemic tourism progress. 
“As we help efforts to assist rebuild the journey sector and facilitate enterprise inside our business, we may even leverage this essential platform to showcase the breadth of our tourism proposition and progressive initiatives and initiatives whereas underlining that the well being and security of residents and guests stays our prime precedence.
“We’re dedicated to realising our tourism technique of creating Dubai essentially the most visited and one of the really helpful journey locations on the planet.”
He added: “This has been additional bolstered by the disclosing of the Dubai 2040 City Grasp Plan this 12 months by sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, which can pave the best way in the direction of rising the variety of Dubai’s choices and experiences by over 100 per cent over the following 20 years, and in the end place Dubai as the most effective place on the planet to reside, work and go to.”
Guests to the Dubai Tourism stand had the chance to find out about a various array of choices, actions and initiatives from its key departments.
These embody Dubai’s efforts to keep up its place as one of many world’s most secure journey locations, in addition to plans for the Expo 2020 Dubai and the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Check out our interview with Issam Kazim right here.
Dubai welcomed the primary in individual commerce present within the Center East in additional than a 12 months
ATM continues subsequent week with the extremely anticipated ATM Digital occasion, which takes place from Might 24-26.
Through the three-day showcase, these unable to attend the in-person occasion this 12 months, could have the chance to view periods recorded from the in-person occasion, in addition to take part in a variety of webinars, reside convention periods, roundtables, velocity networking occasions, vacation spot briefings, in addition to make new connections in one-to-one conferences.
Arival Dubai @ ATM may even happen in the course of the digital week.
The occasion will function a sequence of periods overlaying present and future traits for operators of excursions and sights. 
“This week has been a powerful success, we’ve welcomed exhibitors from 62 international locations and journey professionals from over 100 international locations in the course of the 4 days of the occasion,” stated Danielle Curtis, exhibition director, Center East, Arabian Journey Market.
“Subsequent week, ATM Digital provides us the chance to work together with an excellent higher world viewers.
“With journey restrictions nonetheless in place for many individuals, for these unable to attend the reside and in-person occasion, the digital factor offers the right platform for journey professionals to attach, do enterprise and listen to from main lights inside the business, from anyplace on the planet,” added Curtis.   
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