Travel in­dus­try gear­ing up for Expo 2020

ATM Global Stage Dubai opens with the most-awaited Expo 2020 legacy de­bate with some key per­son­al­i­ties. Expo 2020, be­tween October 2020 and April 2021, will bring to­gether more than 180 na­tions and is ex­pected to host an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence of 25 milli

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Each day, hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple will be en­ter­tained by spec­tac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture, ex­pe­ri­ence global cul­tures and thought pro­vok­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and taste foods from ev­ery cor­ner of the globe. Above all, vis­i­tors to Expo 2020 Dubai will wit­ness the very lat­est in think­ing and tech­nol­ogy all in one place and at one time, leav­ing them with an un­for­get­table, once-in-al­ife­time ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dubai is all geared up to wel­come the del­e­gates of Expo 2020, which will fur­ther strengthen the emi­rate’s sta­tus as a ma­jor player in global tourism. De­vel­op­ers are adding around 10,000 ho­tel rooms and ser­viced apart­ments per year to ac­com­mo­date the vis­i­tor traf­fic dur­ing the event. Hawthorn Suites by Wyn­d­ham JBR is now look­ing into var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to cap­i­talise on our lo­ca­tion’s The prop­erty is in­ten­si­fy­ing its ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties over more com­pet­i­tive and in­crease to the event. prox­im­ity to the venue. its ef­forts to en­hance the next two years to be our mar­ket share, lead­ing

Dubai has been ac­tively pre­par­ing to host Expo 2020, which will strengthen its po­si­tion as a top global busi­ness and tourism hub. The emi­rate has been of­fer­ing new at­trac­tions, en­hanc­ing its in­fras­truc­ture and boost­ing job and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties to lure both vis­i­tors and in­vestors lead­ing to the event. The hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try ex­pects to ben­e­fit sig­nif­i­cantly from these de­vel­op­ments, as af­firmed by the emi­rate’s grow­ing room in­ven­tory. Strate­gi­cally lo­cated at the heart of the city, Ra­mada Down­town Dubai is en­thused to host the del­e­gates of Expo 2020 and show­case the best of what Dubai has to of­fer to the in­ter­na­tional di­as­pora.

With 2020 ex­pected to at­tract 25 mil­lion vis­i­tors, our ren­o­va­tion comes at a very pro­lific time. We’re in the process of ren­o­vat­ing our lobby area which will be com­plete by end of this year and we’re then rolling out phase two which will see a num­ber of rooms ren­o­vated within the prop­erty. Over the next three years we will be in­vest­ing heav­ily in our team to en­sure they’re pro­vid­ing our guests with the best ser­vices pos­si­ble.

As the num­ber of trav­ellers vis­it­ing the Emi­rate from across the globe is ex­pected to in­crease dur­ing 2020, we are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing guests with dif­fer­ent travel needs to both Ra­mada Plaza Jumeirah Beach and Ra­mada Ho­tel & Suites Shar­jah. Ra­mada Ho­tel & Suites Shar­jah’s re­cent ren­o­va­tion which has seen the ad­di­tion of di­verse meet­ing space that fea­ture con­ve­nient ac­cess to the new Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge as well as the en­hanced din­ing op­tions, make it is a great choice for busi­ness trav­ellers, while the broad ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fer­ing and prime lo­ca­tion of Ra­mada Plaza Jumeirah Beach will make it a pop­u­lar choice for both leisure and busi­ness guests.

Dubai is one of the world’s key points of con­nec­tion and is con­sis­tently ranked as one of the world’s most glob­alised cities. It is home to many na­tion­al­i­ties, the world’s busiest air­port by in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers served, and the world’s largest man-made har­bor. The city has de­vel­oped nu­mer­ous ho­tels sig­nif­i­cantly over the last 40 years. The city is a thriv­ing cen­ter for busi­ness with 70 per cent of For­tune 500 com­pa­nies hav­ing their re­gional base in Dubai and it reg­u­larly tops the World Bank’s an­nual re­port for Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness in the Arab world. The city is a mag­net for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, aim­ing to at­tract more than 20 mil­lion trav­ellers dur­ing Expo 2020.

Our cur­rent port­fo­lio in the re­gion in­cludes 50 op­er­a­tional ho­tels, rep­re­sent­ing ap­prox­i­mately 8,700 rooms. We have an­other 24 ho­tels un­der devel­op­ment, rep­re­sent­ing a fur­ther 5,234 rooms – and our bold tar­get for the MEA re­gion by 2020 is 70 op­er­a­tional ho­tels.

As the first-ever World Expo to be held in the MENASA (Mid­dle East, North Africa and South Asia) re­gion, Dubai Expo 2020 will un­doubt­edly have an im­pact that ranges be­yond Dubai and even the UAE. It only takes a quick ex­plo­ration of the im­pact of an ex­pected ad­di­tional 20-25 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors over a six-month pe­riod to see that sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in hos­pi­tal­ity and re­tail in­fras­truc­ture will be re­quired, ex­pected to be par­tic­u­larly in the vicini­ties of Dubai World Cen­tral, to cater for an es­ti­mated ad­di­tional 70 mil­lion room-nights and a boost of over $10 bil­lion in con­sumer spend­ing. We def­i­nitely should ex­pect a sig­nif­i­cant boost in the 4 per­cent pre­dicted growth rates in the econ­omy (Shang­hai achieved 13 per­cent GDP).

Ho­tel Man­ager, Hawthorn Suites by Wyn­d­ham JBR

Shaun Par­sons Com­plex Gen­eral Man­ager, Le Meri­dien Dubai Ho­tel + Con­fer­ence Cen­tre and Le Meri­dien Fairway

Alper Can Bul­cum Clus­ter Gen­eral Man­ager Ra­mada Ho­tel and Suites Shar­jah and Ra­mada JBR

Mar­jan Faraidooni Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Legacy Im­pact and Devel­op­ment, Expo2020 Dubai

Ig­nace Bauwens Re­gional Vice Pres­i­dent for Mid­dle East and Africa Wyn­d­ham Ho­tel Group

Slim Za­iane Gen­eral Man­ager Kempin­ski Ho­tel Mall of the Emi­rates

Shahzad Butt Gen­eral Man­ager Ra­mada Down­town Dubai

Muham­mad Haider Ho­tel Man­ager Ibis Styles Jumeira

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