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Arabian Travel Market notches up 5.2% first day visitor growth

Posted on
Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Industry Sector
Travel and Tourism

United Arab Emirates

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The 14th edition of the Middle East 's premier travel and tourism exhibition - has reported its highest-ever first-day visitor tally with industry professionals from 88 countries attending.

Some 5,002 visitors attended the show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) - a rise of 5.2% on 2006.

"Apart from the UAE, the countries with an increased numbers of visitors were Egypt, India, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UK - which alone actually accounted for 4.7% of the entire first day turnout," said Mark Walsh, Group Exhibition Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), which organizes the show.

"The calibre of attendees is also reflected in a 24% growth in our Meridian Club members - who are the leading industry professionals with substantial buying power."

Exhibitors and visitors at the show - which is the largest in it history with some 2,600 participants from 64 countries - are reporting on-site business deals from new contracts with travel agents to room bookings.

"This has been a good show for business with us meeting and contracting new hotel and land transport partners from Austria and the UK," said Thomas Sam, a travel buyer from Kuwait's Al-Manea Travels. "We have contracted over 1,000 room nights with regular partners in Europe, Asia and Australia but the new business from Austria and Great Britain will enhance our outbound product offering."

Morocco reported strong demand from the Middle East and Asia. The country's Go Holiday has concluded over 30 agreements with tour operators from Kuwait, Tunisia, Bahrain, Indonesia and Syria.

Hassan Al Sabbagh, the Managing Director of the UAE's Oscar Travel & Tourism, said the show had opened up new business opportunities with Cyprus. "I now have several meetings planned both with the national airline of Cyprus and several hotels in which we are exploring the possibility of special fares to promote the destination which is in increasing demand from Arab tourists."

Arabian Travel Market 2007 runs at the DICEC until Friday night. It's free-to-attend seminar session continues on Thursday exploring Middle East demand for budget hotels, the regional cruise potential, Asia-Pacific MICE trends, sports tourism, 10 years of E-commerce, Biometrics in travel and eco-tourism in the UAE.

On Thursday, May 3 from 17.00 and on Friday, May 4, the show is open to the general public. This year, adults will pay an AED20 entry fee, while accompanied youngsters under 16 and American Express card members, enter for free. A percentage of total entry fees will be donated to 'Just A Drop' - RTE's chosen charity which provides clean water for needy children around the globe.

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About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading organiser of exhibitions and conferences. Reed brings together over 90,000 suppliers and more than 5.5 million buyers from around the world every year generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 33 fully staffed offices.

Reed's portfolio of over 460 events serves 52 industry sectors, including:

aerospace and defense, building and construction, design, electronics, energy, oil and gas, entertainment, food and hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT/telecoms, jewellery, manufacturing, marketing and business services, pharmaceuticals, property, publishing, sport and recreation, transport and logistics and travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier, a FTSE 100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider, with revenues in excess of £4.8 billion (US$ 8.4 billion) (2004).

Reed Travel Exhibitions organises 17 events worldwide, including World Travel Market, Arabian Travel Market, C.I.S. Travel Market, EIBTM, British Travel Trade Fair, Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME), International Golf Travel Market, Top Resa, ICCA Exhibition, in association with the ICCA Congress, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), La Cumbre, City Break, China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM), Latin American & Caribbean Incentive & Meetings Exhibition (LACIME), Gulf Incentive Business Travel & Meetings (GIBTM) and Asia Luxury Travel Market ( ALTM).

For further press information, please visit the Reed Travel Exhibitions' website on

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