Inspired by the positive regional potential of Expo 2020 and despite low oil revenues, increased numbers of travel professionals from across the Middle East, participated in this year’s World Travel Market in London. This helped the leading international travel trade to record a joint-record attendance of 51,500 and the highest number of exhibitor invitees and buyers in the 37-year history of the event.
Breaking Travel News talks to Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority at World Travel Market 2016. On the agenda is the growth of the tourism sector in the destination, the ever growing range of hotels on offer and what we can look forward to for 2017.
Yahia Rashed, minister of tourism, Arab Republic of Egypt, speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2016. As the destination continues to recover, he discusses the importance of renewing airlift out of the UK, the improving security situation and his hopes for 2017.
Breaking Travel News talks to Edmond Bartlett, minister of tourism, Jamaica at World Travel Market 2016. Returning to office earlier this year, minister Bartlett reveals how the UK has grown in importance as a source market for the destination while also presenting the latest headlines from the hospitality sector.
Ziad Al Ghanmi, specialist marketing programmes, Saudia speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2016. On the agenda are the airline’s new first class product and its roll out to European routes, as well as new routes about to launch into Germany.
Rajni Hasija, group general manager, Maharajas’ Express, speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2016. On the agenda are the luxury tour options on offer on the train, the importance of winning at the World Travel Awards and what the group has planned for the future.
Francisco Dousdebes, Galapagos product manager, Metropolitan Touring speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2016. On the agenda are the ecological conditions of tourism in such a pristine natural environment, how the brand grew this year and what is on the agenda for 2017.
Guillaume Delbecque, chief commercial officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2016. He brings viewers up to date with new properties in Abu Dhabi and Dubai while also discussing the importance of the UK market to the brand.
Janeen Mansour, public relations manager, IMG Worlds of Adventure. Open since August 2016, Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination promises visitors from around the world the excitement of four epic adventure zones in one location. Here we find out more.
Ken Cooper, head of sales, La Perle, speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2016. As the attraction prepares to open in spring 2017, he brings viewers up to date with what the destination will add to tourism in Dubai.
Kgomotso Ramothea, Kgomotso Ramothea, manager marketing and communications, UK & Ireland, South Africa, speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2016. Top of the agenda are the latest consumer campaigns from South Africa, the diversity of opportunities on offer in the country, and South Africa’s plans for 2017.
Simon Cook, country manager, UK, Oman Air speaks to Breaking Travel News about the airline’s new routes to China, the reconfiguration of its services at London Heathrow, and new opportunities at Manchester Airport in the north of England.