One of the Gulf’s largest and most sophisticated conference hotels, Grand Hyatt Dubai, has recently become the official hosted buyer hotel for Arabian Travel Market 2005 (ATM), the Middle East’s premier travel and tourism exhibition, which runs at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 3-6.Grand Hyatt Dubai, which boasts 674 guest rooms and suites, will host 70 top regional and international travel industry buyers, including contractors from the lucrative meetings, incentive, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) sector.
“This property is ideal for our well established hosted buyer programme being as it is in a city centre setting, close to the Dubai World Trade Centre, and with extensive convention facilities which can be showcased to the MICE contingent,” said Vicky Crane, Marketing Manager, Overseas Events Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), which organises ATM.
The ATM hosted buyer programme allows exhibitors to meet the industry contractors in one-to-one appointment sessions.
Peter Fulton, Regional Director and General Manager, Grand Hyatt Dubai said: “This is an important opportunity for Grand Hyatt Dubai as it provides us with a sterling opportunity to showcase our extensive meeting and leisure facilities to an important audience of industry influencers.”
“The region, and Dubai in particular, is becoming increasingly recognised on the international meetings and travel circuit as offering some top-class venues and destinations and hosting top international buyers will enable us to stay ahead of the competition.”
The hosted buyers will this year be welcomed to the largest ATM ever with exhibition floor space being increased 20% on last year to 14,200 square metres.
“The exhibition is now 94 per cent sold out,” added Crane. “The Middle East is experiencing growth across the travel and tourism industry with new airlines being launched and existing carriers opening up new routes. Also, the extensive development of new tourism and leisure projects and destinations are underway and we expect that to be reflected in the size of ATM 2005.
“The hosted buyers, and indeed every visitor to the show, will encounter numerous new business opportunities.”
To date, 194 main standholders from 45 countries have signed up for ATM 2005.
Crane added: “On the international front, Brazil is returning to the show after a three year absence and we’re going to see Finland exhibiting for the first time, represented officially by the Finnish Tourist Board.”