ATM 2022 discusses on tourism future

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Published on : Friday, May 13, 2022

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The 29th edition of this year’s Arabian Travel Market witnessed more than 23,000 visitors. Several industry leaders had assembled at the Dubai World Trade Centre and expressed their insights into the international tourism and its future.

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME for Arabian Travel Market, said that besides increasing visitor numbers every year, ATM 2022 attracted 1,500 exhibitors and attendees from 150 countries. He also explained that these figures are inspiring keeping in mind that lockdowns in China and other places in the world still exist. He added that development of tourism all through the Middle East has no signs of deterioration as the GCC hotel construction contract awards 2022 is expected to improve by 16 percent.

As per a study conducted by BNC Network, the value of UAE and Saudi Arabian projects accounted for 90 percent of all regional hospitality contracts granted last year. With prediction made by the Colliers International that $4.5 billion worth of hotel construction contracts in 2022 will be given to the GCC. The industry experts appeared at the ATM Global Stage and talked about the impending future of hospitality sector in this province.

Paul Clifford, Group Editor, Hospitality at ITP Media Group moderated the event. The panel discussion threw lights on the deep understanding of Christopher Lund, Director and Head of Hotels MENA at Colliers International. Others who were present at the discussion were Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa at Radisson Hotel Group, Mark Kirby, Head of Hospitality at Emaar Hospitality Group and Judit Toth, Founder and CEO of Vivere Hospitality.

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