ATM'S 25th an­niver­sary and BIFEX 2018

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Ara­bian Travel Mar­ket (ATM) 2018 opened its doors on Sun­day, April 22, for four days of busi­ness-net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­sight­ful sem­i­nar ses­sions, with over USD 2.5 bil­lion deals agreed

Now in its 25th year, the re­gion’s lead­ing travel in­dus­try show­case wel­comed over 2,500 ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies and around 40,000 visi­tors, with over 150 coun­tries rep­re­sented, 65 na­tional pavil­ions in place and more than 100 new par­tic­i­pat­ing ex­hibitors. Build­ing on the suc­cess of last year, ATM 2018 was held at the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre, where it show­cased the largest ex­hi­bi­tion of re­gional and global ho­tel brands in the his­tory of the event, with ho­tels com­pris­ing 20 per­cent of the to­tal show area. This year saw ATM part­ner with In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel In­vest­ment Con­fer­ence (IHIF) or­ga­niz­ers to present the in­au­gu­ral Des­ti­na­tion In­vest­ment panel. Tak­ing place on the ATM Global Stage, the ses­sion ex­plored what drives in­vest­ment in travel des­ti­na­tions across the Mid­dle East and neigh­bor­ing re­gions. Also de­but­ing this year was the ATM Stu­dent Con­fer­ence – Ca­reer in Travel – a pro­gram aimed at stu­dents and grad­u­ates who are look­ing to pur­sue a ca­reer in the travel and tourism in­dus­try. Tak­ing place on the fi­nal day of ATM, this pro­gram al­lowed ‘to­mor­row’s’ travel pro­fes­sion­als and hote­liers to lis­ten to guest speak­ers and travel in­dus­try lead­ers.

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