The highly awaited Arabian Travel Market (ATM) opened its doors today (April 25) with over 2,800 exhibiting companies and more than 100 new exhibitors making their ATM debut this year.
The event welcomes 423 main stand holders representing 86 countries, with more than 26,000 visitors expected to attend the show.
The event, which will run till April 28 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, will offer four days of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions, leadership forums, and recognition of 12 months of industry achievement.
The conference and exhibition is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The event was opened by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crowned Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council Dubai and Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of The Emirates group and chairman of Dubai World.
New features at this year’s event include the Wellness & Spa Lounge, a dedicated space for 25 exhibitors designed to connect Middle East wellness and spa buyers with international suppliers; and the launch of the Travel Agent Academy, which will take place on the final day of the exhibition.
Annual show favourites make a return with the Travel Tech Show and Travel Tech Theatre seminar sessions promising an educational and insightful four days of knowledge sharing; and the New Frontiers Recovery Awards, recognising the efforts of those nations that have suffered devastating economic and human losses in the last 12 months, as a result of natural disasters.