ATM 2011 opens in Dubai
HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum (pictured centre), Deputy Ruler of Dubai, has officially opened Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2011.
Running until 5 May 2011, the four-day event comprised the Middle East’s largest travel trade exhibition, along with a conference and seminar programme, which this year is sponsored by new exhibitor, the Mexico Tourism Board. Other events during the week include a travel agents’ day, careers day and consumer day.
The ATM spans more than 20,000 square metres of floor space with in excess of 2,200 exhibitors across the accommodation, attractions, airline and travel technology sectors.
“Regional inbound and outbound tourism professionals are currently riding a wave of optimism, especially in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. 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,” said Mark Walsh, Group Exhibition Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions.