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Tourism Developments in the Middle East Region

Over the years, the UAE is one of the great success stories of global travel and tourism with Emirates and Etihad changing the face of global aviation, Dubai International Airport recognised as one of the world’s best hubs and Dubai, the fourth most visited city in the world.

And the UK plays its part being in the top three markets travelling to the region – and growing. So what is that that attracts us?  The answers were on display in full glory at the annual Arabian Travel Market which takes place, yes, you guessed correctly, in Dubai, the so called “engine room” of the UAE.

Architecture splendour in the form of hotels, laced with chandeliers and gold trimmings remind us in which part of the world we are. Hotels in this region continue to grow as brands compete for individuality and to attract new markets such as the hotel brand Voco which has made its debut in Dubai. Part of the InterContinental Hotels Group it aims to attract leisure and business guests.

Home-grown hospitality provider, Emaar Hospitality Group is set to open five new hotels in Dubai this year including four under its premium brand and upscale lifestyle brands. Two hotels will be under its Address Hotels & Resorts in Downtown Dubai, the Address Fountain Views and Address Sky View and two under Vida Hotels & Resorts. The company will also add to its midscale hotels, Rove, The Park which is ideal for families.

Opening 14 new hotels is Millennium Hotels & Resorts adding to its existing portfolio of 40 hotels in the Middle East & Africa. On a bright note, Millennium Place, the happier hotel brand has been introduced which strives to deliver a smile to its guests through different touch points in the guest’s journey. Millennium Place Marina and Millennium Place Barsha Heights are due to open in 2019 with eight more to open over the next two years in the region.

Jumeirah Group is expanding in Asia and Europe. This Dubai-based luxury hotel company is opening in China and Indonesia while the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London is undergoing renovation this year. Work is also progressing on a new hotel near Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. This will be a 400-room property on the beachfront.

Yas Island last year opened Warner Bros World. Its upcoming developments includes a new sports facility to feature the world’s widest indoor skydiving flight chamber and the highest indoor climbing wall.

A luxury Camp is currently under construction in Ras Al Khaimah and will house 47 luxury tented units, a health club, heated pool, spa and wellness centre, kids area, fire pit and restaurant. This glamping site will be located atop Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE.

The Museum of the future, scheduled to open next year, will showcase cutting-edge technology and innovations that are designed to change the way we live and solutions to climate change, energy production, healthcare, transport, education, housing and security. Also in Dubai the Dubai Creek Harbour will become the location for the city’s tallest building , the $1 billion Dubai Tower when it is completed next year.

In Abu Dhabi the world’s first commercial hyperloop service is currently under construction and will start operations in 2020. The first phase will employ a network of hyperloop tubes covering a distance of up to 150km. It is later scheduled to expand services to Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

In Oman, the high-speed passenger and freight rail line will span 2,135km of the sultanate from Salalah in the south to Al Buraimi and Sohar in the north in 2020.

However, Saudi Arabia caught the limelight this year at the Arabian Travel Market with its eye-watering ambitious plans to become a tourism destination of the future. E-visa rules for international travellers will be the game-changer. The Kingdom will be open to all.

Tourism is Saudi’s new “white oil” spanning a destination offering culture and history, coastlines and desert. Rumoured to be funded with half a trillion US dollar investment, tourism is the ingredient of the government’s Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy. This in turn will attract new hotels and innovative hospitality concepts, operated to international standards, particularly high-quality budget hotels. New mega  projects include Neom City, Amaala, an uber-luxury wellness tourism destination, the Red Sea Development reshaping the coastline and Qiddiya offering leisure, entertainment, sports, wellness, adventure and cultural destinations.

Winter sunshine, family leisure and adventure maybe the core attractions for travel to the region as well as convenient regional flights but in the heart of the exhibition, the Expo 2020 stand stood proudly as a beacon for visitors next year. This mega project aims to deliver one of the most sustainable World Expos. The UAE Pavilion has been designed to resemble a falcon in flight to harvest clean energy as its hydraulic “wings” open and close. Ultimately, Expo 2020 in Dubai seeks to inspire us all to live in better balance with the world and build a brighter and more sustainable future together – a unique opportunity to see tomorrow today!

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The Arabian Travel Market – Influencing Industry Change

Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market - Danielle Curtis

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market

Where would you hear of robotic concierges, visionary tourism plans, mega projects, even giga projects transforming regional tourism landscapes, disruptive technology and Expo 2020, all under one roof?

Where would government ministers, travel planners, experts and decisions makers, investors, developers, media and techies converge to ring the changes on a global travel scale?

Enter centre stage, The Arabian Travel Market, (ATM), run by Reed Exhibitions. With fingers on the tourism pulse, this company uncovers the plots and trends, the key issues and tourism visions. All this in order to display the travel & tourism barometer of the Middle East and North Africa region.

From small beginnings back in 1993 when Reed Exhibitions set up its first travel stall with 2,000 sqm of space and 7,000 visitors, the industry has seen unprecedented expansion and maturity. Last year, its show, held annually in Dubai, attracted 40,000 industry professionals from 141 countries.

Capitalizing on these growth factors, the Arabian Travel Market 2019, saw the unveiling of an umbrella brand, Arabian Travel Week, with new events running within the show. These included ILTM Arabia,  a service bringing together luxury and global buyers through pre-arranged appointments in a dedicated area, the first CONNECT Middle East, India, Africa 2019, a route development forum exchange for airlines and airports and ATM Holiday Shopper, a consumer-led event.

At the helm, Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, explained how ATM has carved a winning formula and why she believes connectivity is key. “We are always looking for new verticals and approaches to focus on specific avenues across the breadth of the travel industry. And to do this in an environment where the industry meets, does business, exchanges ideas and showcases its brands and services to cover all facets of the industry for commercial success.”

“ATM strives to identify the top tourism trends and growth potential, learn how the industry is evolving and how to affect that change. Content is important. Our advisory board is instrumental in bringing together the general parties to discuss subjects such as stopover tourism to help the industry address key issues. Yes, we are an exhibition that runs for four days but we aim to be an instrumental part of the industry and a driver to help change or at least a platform where these discussions can drive the industry forward.”

This year, the theme took the form of technology and innovation as digital developments change the face of the industry and bring in disruption, especially to the hospitality sector.

The GCC is one of the fastest growing regional hospitality markets globally and reliant on innovative technology. The first ATM Hotel Industry Summit focused on this digital infrastructure – facial, voice recognition, chatbots, virtual reality robot concierges and AI – and how it is transforming the industry and affecting hotel design and guest communications.

Danielle Curtis stressed the significance of the scheduled Arabian China Summit. “China is now a key source market set to account for a quarter of international tourism by 2030. With relaxed visa rules, ATM has brought 120 buyers from China to this event. We are following the needs and demands of the travel industry.”

The future of selling travel for both Inbound and outbound tourism professionals is key to visitors and exhibitors alike. Seminars and debates focused on projects which will change the future tourism landscape. These included the aptly named Saudi’s White Oil and their Vision 2030 expansion and infrastructure plans such as Neom and Red Sea Project. With years of experience in the market, ATM has been conversing on Expo 2020 for a number of years and to date 182 destinations have signed up for this 6 month event in Expo City.

An influencer inspires, creates awareness, showcases products and highlights the latest trends. Exhibitions provide a central platform and a global stage. Following 26 successful years as the travel & tourism beacon for trade professionals, the Arabian Travel Market has branched out launching new initiatives to attract a wider audience to  the region causing ripple effects globally. The Arabian Travel Market is certainly an influencer and a driver of change so watch this space for ATM’s themes for its 27thshow in 2020.

Emirates and Etihad have influenced the global aviation

Dubai International Airport is one of the world’s busiest hubs.

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Arabian Travel Market  international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. The 25thedition of ATM showcased over 2,500 exhibiting companies across 12 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre. www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com.

Reed Exhibitions  is the world’s leading events business, enhancing the power of face to face through data and digital tools at over 500 events a year, in more than 30 countries, attracting more than seven million participants.

 

 

 

Saudi tourism at ATM sees healthy growth

 

The stand for Saudi Tourism at ATM

Saudi Tourism at ATM

Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute $70.9 billion (SAR 263.1 billion) in total to the country’s GDP in 2019, according to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council.

According to data from  Arabian Travel Market’s (ATM) research partner Colliers, international arrivals to Saudi Arabia are expected to increase 5.6% per year from 17.7 million in 2018 to 23.3 million in 2023. Saudi Tourism at ATM will demonstrate that religious tourism is expected to remain the bedrock of the sector over the next decade, with a goal of attracting 30 million pilgrims to the Kingdom by 2030, an increase of 11 million from the 19 million Hajj and Umrah pilgrims that visited the country in 2017.

According to Danielle Curtis Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market: “More relaxed access to visas, through online portals, and the growth of the Umrah plus market – combining religious and leisure travel – are expected to be key drivers in the growth of international tourism in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia will see a vast expansion of its hotel and resort inventory during 2019. The projected growth in visitor numbers in both the domestic and international markets is expected to boost occupancy levels throughout 2019.”

The first phase of the Red Sea project, which is estimated to grow the kingdom’s GDP will consist of an airport, marinas, up to 3,000 hotel rooms and various recreational activities, is expected to complete during 2022.

Additionally, last year Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund announced the development of Amaala, a new ultra-luxury tourism mega-project which is earmarked for completion in 2028. The development will add 2,500 hotel rooms – further boosting the accommodation offering for both domestic and international visitors alike.

Saudi Tourism at ATM will have a focused seminar titled ‘Why Tourism is Saudi’s new ‘White Oil’ which will take place on the Global Stage on Monday 29thApril between 14.50 – 15:50.  The session will discuss Saudi Arabia’s tourism potential as the Kingdom undergoes a period of rapid economic diversification and forges ahead with its Vision 2030 blueprint.

Domestic tourism is driving Saudi’s tourism industry with the number of local tourist trips inside Saudi Arabia exceeding 47 million in 2018. The latest research from Colliers forecasts this figure to increase by 8% per year and to reach 70.5 million by 2023.

ATM, considered by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa tourism sector.

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. Arabian Travel Market 2019 will take place in Dubai from Sunday, 28thApril to Wednesday, 1stMay 2019. To find out more, visit: www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com.

New this year is the launch of Arabian Travel Week, an umbrella brand comprising four co-located shows including ATM 2019, ILTM Arabia, CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa– a new route development forum and new consumer-led event ATM Holiday Shopper. Arabian Travel Week will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 27 April – 1 May 2019.