17 MAY 2021


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Article from BTNews 17 MAY 2021

Arabian Travel Market

Sunday (16 May) saw the opening of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).  It runs until Wednesday and virtually 24-26 May.  From the UK the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is on the 'Red' list.   

It is the first major exhibition of its type since the outbreak of the pandemic early 2020.  In a major tourism breakthrough Israel is represented.  A total of 62 countries are participating this year including Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand and USA.

ATM 2021 features 67 conference sessions with over 145 local, regional and international speakers overall. Onsite, there is a Global Stage which will include a hotel industry summit, dedicated buyer forums for Saudi Arabia and China, an International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC), as well as an aviation panel and a special session on Gulf-Israeli ties.  

Spread across the nine halls of the centre and consistent with the existing density restrictions and social distancing guidelines and regulations, there will be 11,000 people in attendance at any given time.

This year, for the first time in ATM history, a new hybrid format will mean a virtual ATM running a week later to complement and reach a wider audience than ever before. ATM Virtual, which made its debut last year, proved to be a resounding success attracting 12,000 online attendees from 140 countries.

Also in Dubai the World Expo will now take place from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 and will coincide with the 50th year anniversary of the founding of the UAE. The 200 participants will highlight life-changing innovations on ways they will make a positive impact on their people and the planet with the overall theme this year ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.



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