Trending experiential travel in focus at ATM 2017

Trending experiential travel in focus at ATM 2017

Special industry theme at Arabian Travel Market will turn its attention to what the Middle East offers tourists seeking adventure, culture, heritage, wellness & spa and cruising 

Experiential travel encompassing the adventure, culture, heritage, wellness & spa and cruise tourism segments, which are currently trending globally, will be adopted as the official show theme, for Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April.
“Travellers are increasingly looking beyond conventional leisure programmes and itineraries and actively seeking out atypical experiences that deliver a true taste of local culture. This growing trend is now on the radar of the region’s tourism chiefs as destinations face increased competition for their share of the more traditional travel segments and are increasingly looking to diversify their proposition into new and niche markets which require product differentiation and innovation,” said Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, Arabian Travel Market.

ATM 2017 will integrate the experiential theme across all of the show verticals and activities, including focused seminars and roundtable events, featuring dedicated exhibitor participation.

“The Middle East has an abundance of authentic local experiences to offer from overnight stays in a stone house in remote Omani villages to Old Dubai walking tours that search out the best street food. We also want to create awareness of how to convert concepts into viable commercial realities, to broaden the appeal of Middle East destinations, increase their visitor numbers and revenues, which can support sustainable economic development,” commented Press.

Marketing to experiential travellers will be an integral part of the ATM Travel Tech seminar programme.

“Developing new communications’ strategies is a must to reach out and engage with these consumers, who by the sheer nature of their choice, are unconventional, tech savvy and mobile. So connecting through relevant content via social media platforms, blogs, vlogs and peer-to-peer recommendations as well as third party endorsements, will be examined in depth,” added Press.

Industry professionals throughout the Middle East region are keen to look for new and niche markets, especially in the short to mid-term as Dubai in particular, continues to grow its hotel supply unabated. According to STR, at the end of August 2016, Dubai had grown its room stock to 85,500 across 403 hotels, which is putting added downward pressure on rates as hotels compete for occupancy, with little respite ahead as room supply is set to rise further to between 140,000 and 160,000 rooms by 2020.

ATM – considered by many industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa tourism sector, witnessed a year-on-year visitor attendance increase of 8% to over 39,800 in 2016, with 2,520 exhibiting companies, signing business deals worth more than US$ 2.5 billion over four days.

ATM 2017 will build on the success of this year’s edition with the announcement of an additional hall as Reed Travel Exhibitions looks to add to its record-breaking achievements earlier this year.

One new feature is the Chief Information Officer Summit and ATM 2017 also welcomes back the UNWTO & ATM Regional Ministerial Summit as well as other popular features’ such as the Leaders Breakfast, Global Stage, Wellness and Spa Lounge (which has grown by 40% and now includes 35 international suppliers and 35 Middle East specialist buyers) Travel Agent Academy, Buyers Club and the Bloggers speed networking events.

Arabian Travel market forms part of the World Travel Market Portfolio, and comprises of the leading leisure travel events in the world; World Travel Market London, WTM Latin America in Sao Paulo and WTM Africa in Cape Town, plus recently launched WTM connect Asia in Malaysia, exclusive hosted buyer 1-2-1 meetings events.

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  1. ATM 2016 welcomed nearly 40,000 trade visitors over four days
  2. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, Arabian Travel Market

About Arabian Travel Market
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM 2016 attracted almost 40,000 industry professionals, agreeing deals worth US$2.5bn over the four days.

The 24th edition of ATM will showcase over 2,500 exhibiting companies across 12 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre, making it the largest ATM in its 24-year history.

ATM is part of Reed Travel Exhibition’s World Travel Market events, which also includes WTM London, WTM Latin America and WTM Africa.

World Travel Market Events

World Travel Market events comprise of the leading leisure travel events in the world; World Travel Market London, WTM Latin America in Sao Paulo, WTM Africa in Cape Town and Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

The WTM Portfolio’s events are attended by the global travel and tourism industry’s senior executives to conduct business deals and discover the latest research, insight and opinion.

WTM is owned by the worldʼs leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in 43 countries. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

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