1,500 exhibitors and 20,000 expected visitors to the Arab Travel Market

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The Arabian Travel Market, which kicks off at the World Trade Center in Dubai on May 9th and will run until May 12th, recorded a total increase in exhibition space of 85% compared to last year’s session, in light of the growing domestic and international participation. .

Participation from the UAE increased by 56%. The share of the hotel sector increased by 71%, the participation from the Middle East increased by 57%, the participation of Africa increased by 56%, Asia by 50% and Europe by 49%.

At a press conference yesterday in Dubai, organizers explained that the Arabian Travel Market 2022 will witness the participation of 1,500 exhibitors and representatives of 112 global destinations, and about 20,000 visitors are expected, and the personal edition will be followed by a virtual one. edition from 17 to 18 May.

The twenty-ninth edition of the exhibition, which is being held in collaboration with the Department of Economy and Tourism in Dubai, will be an essential part of the UAE Arab Travel Week. The list of strategic partners includes the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism as the destination partner, Emaar Hospitality Group as the official hotel partner and Emirates Airlines as the official airline partner. Under the slogan “The Future of International Travel and Tourism”, the event will host a large number of sessions and events.

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Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Trade Marketing, said: The Department of Economy and Tourism in Dubai wants to be a key part of the Arab Travel Market, which is considered one of the most prominent global events related to tourism and Travel. This participation allows us to discuss opportunities for sustainable growth of the tourism sector, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, God bless him. make Dubai the world’s favorite destination to live, work and visit.

He added: “Dubai has continued its progress and growth since the resumption of its economic activities and hosting international visitors in July 2020, and joint efforts have contributed to achieving more by relying on this moment year after year. , which helped us achieve tremendous success for Expo 2020 Dubai. ” We welcome our partners, as well as specialists and workers in the tourism, travel, aviation, hospitality and other sectors, to share experiences, opinions and best practices that will accelerate the growth of the tourism sector during the post-pandemic phase. As Dubai’s efforts contribute to the recovery of the global business events sector, it is also important to highlight the outstanding role of our partners in the public and private sectors and what they have done to increase traveler confidence and make Dubai a safe and preferred place. international destination to visit.

Emirates Air Travel

During the conference, Adnan Kazim, Commercial Director of Emirates Airlines, said: “As permanent partners in the Arabian Travel Market, we are excited to return to the Arab Travel Market, the largest post-pandemic cycle, and we are proud to return good this year, as the sector meets again, which reinforces all the positive indicators.

He noted that Emirates Airlines currently operates in more than 130 passenger destinations with its entire fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft, consisting of more than 140 aircraft and about 70 A380 aircraft, which will reach 90 aircraft by at the end of the year, compared to the 90 destinations that the airline operated during the exhibition last year. He added: With the opening of the exhibition this year, we have achieved the publication of more than one million countries online every week, in line with the growing demand for international travel. This represents about 70% of our pre-pandemic capacity. And by summer, we will be at 80%.

Kazem revealed that Emirates Airlines operates 2,475 take-off flights on its extensive global network per week, including more than 170 daily passenger flights departing from Dubai Airport, and explained that it has regained more than 90% of its network. its global and continues to expand capacity and grow. flights as it sees strategic opportunities to increase its presence.

He added: “We continue to see strong demand for passenger and freight services, despite external challenges, and we are achieving seating coverage well above the industry average across our network. We made significant strides last year for it. build strong partnerships across the ecosystem journey to help many entities begin their recovery.And support their efforts to rebuild their countries’s economy, and last year we teamed up with seven tourism boards around the world to highlight the attraction for visitors as part of our contribution to efforts to revive tourism, including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the Seychelles, the Maldives, the Bahamas, Spain, Thailand and Sri Lanka, and we have also strengthened our partnerships with airlines across the industry To provide more options for travelers Since last year, we have signed strategic partnerships, expanded mar code sharing agreements and intensified our cooperation with 12 partner airlines.

He continued, “Emirates now has 25 joint code partnerships including joint code agreements with 24 airlines, a joint flight / rail agreement with SNCF / TGV Air) and more than 100 airline partners in 82 countries, expanding extending our global network to more than 5,250 additional. cities and added: We also announced a major upgrade program to provide 120 of our 777 and A380 aircraft with new premium economy class seats and the level of demand will continue to increase as more seats are available on more routes . We will announce it in a row.

Adnan Kazim said: Emirates Airlines led the industry with initiatives that offered guarantees to customers by easing travel restrictions (refunds, generous booking policies and expanding loyalty benefits), and during Expo 2020 Dubai, the airline transported millions of passengers to Dubai to experience the event and invested millions to promote it through its global network. All of these efforts help secure Dubai’s position as a major tourist destination now and in the future. He added: “We are moving fast on the road to recovery, focusing on our long-term interests, but we are also willing to focus and work quickly to respond to changes and market factors, and we are generally optimistic, and Emirates Airlines is an airline that is being rebuilt better and we are ready to take advantage of the opportunities that the future holds. ”

Hospitality Emaar

Mark Kirby, director of the hospitality sector at Emaar Hospitality Group, said the group has achieved strong performance during the first quarter of 2022, having recorded, during March, an occupancy rate of 92%.

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