Deputy Ruler of Dubai opens region’s biggest travel and tourism event
The Arabian Travel Market 2011 has officially been opened in the presence of HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai as well as senior officials, international travel industry leaders and high-profile exhibitors.
The event program gathers some of the biggest players in travel and tourism organisations in the Middle East and internationally, from the public and private sectors. HH Sheikh Maktoum toured the exhibition floor, which featured organisations such as the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, the Egyptian Tourism Authority, the Bahrain Ministry of Culture and, of course, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. Other key areas of the globe are also on show, including some of the largest travel and tourism organisations in Europe, Asia, the US and South America.
“Regional inbound and outbound tourism professionals are currently riding a wave of optimism, especially in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia,” Mark Walsh, group exhibition director at Reed Travel Exhibitions, said. “Recent estimates for hotel occupancies in both countries suggest a healthy double digit increase, according to industry professionals. Naturally, Qatar will provide a lift for the whole region as infrastructure projects begin in earnest in preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2022.”