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ATM unveils seminar programme

Reed Travel Exhibitions has unveiled details of its seminars for the Arabian Travel Market.

The organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) has unveiled the seminar programme for the event, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from May 6 to 9.

The impressive line-up of speakers includes Sama CEO Andrew Cowen, who will talk about setting up an low-cost airline; Sunland Group general manager Anne Jamieson, who will discuss bringing the Palazzo Versace hotel brand to Dubai; World Travel & Tourism Council president Jean-Claude Baumgarten, whose presentation will discuss the global outlook and regional trends for the tourism industry; and Silverjet CEO Lawrence Hunt, who will discuss the business class airline's success story.

Travel agents should definitely not miss ‘The Big Debate', where the future of travel agents and the development of online travel bookings will be discussed by a panel of speakers including representatives from Europcar, Travelport GDS, Marriott and Expedia. To view the full seminar programme visit www.arabiantravelmarket.com/seminars08.

Additional seminars are lined up for ATM's inaugural Travel Agent Day, which will take place on day three of the event (May 8) and is sponsored by Arabian Travel News.

Registration is now open for the event, details of which can be viewed by logging onto www.arabiantravelmarket.com and then clicking on ‘Travel Agents Day' on the side bar.

ATN will be handing out passports - sponsored by key travel suppliers - to all agents attending the day.

The idea is that travel agents visit the stand of each exhibitor featured in the passport and answered a question posed by each in their section of the document.

If they answer correctly they receive a stamp and will be entered into a prize draw. Each travel supplier is offering a different prize. Winners will be announced at the end of the day.

In other ATM news, to further promote the event, as well as the Middle East from a tourism perspective, RTE has also joined forces with UK niche publisher Mediaplanet to produce a 20-page supplement on the Middle East's tourism sector, which will be published on April 7 in UK broadsheet The Times.

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