One of the numerous themes of debate at the Arabian Travel Market, which begin on Monday at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is how to map out the future of travel. At the Dubai show, the post-pandemic travel boom and skyrocketing ticket and oil costs are on the agenda.
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From Japan to Jamaica, South Africa to Italy, the exhibition’s display floor includes 112 countries trying to boost their tourism statistics.
As nations reopen their borders, travel and tourism are beginning to show signs of recovery from the effects of the coronavirus epidemic, with several enterprises ramping up their recruiting. The predicted revival of the tourism sector is being tempered by the rising price of oil and the impact of the crisis in Ukraine.
“Arabic Travel Market 2022 will showcase the significance of the travel sector as we continue to confront the problems of Covid-19, as well as defining how we will move the industry ahead,” said the organizer “Danielle Curtis, Middle East exhibition director, Arabian Travel Market.
“The tourism business has bounced back spectacularly.” Consequently, we’ve witnessed a significant increase in attendance, with floor space up over 85% from the previous year and Middle East exhibitor space surpassing 2019 levels.”
Industry luminaries will explore the newest trends from a cross-section of travel, including technology, transportation, sustainability, events, and business, during a jam-packed ATM conference program.
Issam Kazim of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Scott Livermore, chief economist of Oxford Economics, and others will speak during the inaugural session about this year’s subject, “The Future of International Travel and Tourism.”
In one of the numerous sessions, Andrew McEvoy, general director of tourism at Neom, will discuss the vision and plan for Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion future mega-city. Emaar Entertainment CEO Zeina Dagher will discuss the future of tourist attractions, traveller patterns, and what’s next in attraction technology and the guest experience.
The first ATM Draper-Aladdin Start-up competition will include 15 travel, tourism, and hospitality start-ups competing for $500,000 in investment. The winner will be eligible to compete for an additional $500,000 in financing on the American reality show Meet the Drapers.
ATM will also debut new technology that will eliminate the need for business cards, allowing exhibitors and visitors to communicate information, brochures, and marketing materials using scanners and badges.
The third instalment of ATM Virtual, which will take place on Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18, will follow the in-person event.