Travel industry's top players gather in Dubai

Top tourism brands on show inside the Middle East's biggest travel trade show of the year
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Arabian Travel Market is one of the region's foremost travel and tourism events, aimed at unlocking business potential within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals
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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. Qatar Airways will press for daily flights to four cities in Canada in a bid to muscle in on national carrier Air Canada’s long-haul market, the airline’s CEO said Wednesday.
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Clowns on stilts entertained the crowds outside the Emirates lounge. The biggest global hotel brands are exhibiting at this year's ATM.
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The Abu Dhabi stand at ATM. The ATM is being held at the Dubai International Exhibition & Convention Centre between May 2 and May 5, 2011
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Ibn Battuta Gate's evening party attracted a huge gathering. A flying acrobat poured champagne for guests from the ceiling.
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Musicians entertained partygoers. The entry at ATM was free for trade visitors.\n
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The second day of ATM drew large crowds as well.
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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker (centre) at the ATM event in Dubai.
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Kurt Ritter at the Radisson Blu ATM party
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The Fujairah stand at ATM.
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Another view of the Radisson Blu ATM party
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Seminars are running all day at ATM. In 2010, experts from fields within the travel industry informed, educated and debated key topics affecting business. Q&A sessions fuelled discussion amongst attendees. In 2011 ATM looks to the future of the travel and leisure industry. This year features Google, Emirates Holidays, Trip Advisor and Euromonitor amongst others.
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Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2011, the region’s leading trade exhibition for travel professionals, matched the size of last year’s show, with more than 20,000 square meters of floor space booked
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The four-day programme for ATM includes seminars, workshops and specialist industry days including travel agents day, careers day and consumer day
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A list of exhibitors at ATM is available at www.arabiantravelmarket.com
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More than 320 main exhibitors and 2,000 sharing companies took part in ATM 2011, with 69 countries and 57 national tourist organisations represented at this year’s show
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Dancers put on a show at the Azerbaijan stand.
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Arabian Travel Market is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai.
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In 2010, Arabian Travel Market featured 2,236 exhibitors across more than 20,000 square metres, attracting more than 22,000 visitors.
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Now approaching its eighteenth year, the show has grown to become the largest showcase of its kind in the region and one of the biggest in the world.