ATM'S 25th anniversary and BIFEX 2018
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.