Welcome to the Arabian Travel News Power 50 2010, a celebration of the most powerful and influential players in the Middle East’s travel and tourism industry today.
In such a broad industry as travel, it’s certainly not been an easy task to come up with a definitive list of the high-achieving men and women who are truly shaping our industry today; and the past few weeks has seen the Arabian Travel News team embroiled in many a heated discussion or two as to who should make the ‘Final 50’ – not to mention the coveted top spot in our Power List this year.
Having taken on board the comments and opinions of many industry experts and friends, we’ve finally come up with a ranking that we think reflects the wide-ranging nature of the industry today.
Our Power 50 List this year includes airline chiefs, tourism board heads, hospitality executives, travel company bosses, association leaders, travel technology experts and pioneers in the cruise sector.
Those who have moved up the list have done so because we feel they deserve to be recognised for their many achievements over the past year, and for the impact they have made on the industry. While some big names from last year we’ve had to drop from this year’s ranking– and we’ll explain why.
This is the second edition of the Power 50 List, and it’s testament to the ever-changing, ever-diversifying nature of the Middle East travel sector, that since the launch of the list last year we’ve seen a significant shake-up in the rankings, plus the addition of some exciting new names to our Power List in 2010.
This year Arabian Travel News is very pleased to welcome an impressive 27 brand new entries to the list, all of whom are hugely deserving of a spot on the list. This year we’ve also highlighted the female travel professionals that have entered the Power 50 in 2010. While they certainly deserve to be celebrated, there are still just five of them, which leaves plenty of scope for women to make even more of an impact next year.
As with the inaugural Power 50, Arabian Travel News has not included members of royal families in the list, but recognises the visionary influence of these individuals who have helped shape the travel and tourism landscape in the Middle East.
Finally, the ranking of the Arabian Travel News Power 50 is not scientific; it’s an entirely subjective list and we know our readers will no doubt have their own opinions. As always, we want to hear them, so please do get in touch to give us your feedback.