Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai, has officially inaugurated Arabian Travel Market 2018. The event is marking its 25th anniversary this year.
Sun Aqua is launching the third property in their portfolio; Sun Aqua Iru Veli, an exclusive resort on the island of Aluvifushi, a private island for guests only in the heart of the South Nilandhe Atoll.
Time Hotels has announced plans to open six new properties across the Middle East by the end of 2020.
Rove Hotels has announced its expansion to Ras Al Khaimah, with the first Rove hotel in the emirate in Al Marjan Island.
Also on display will be a ‘smart model’ experience, which provides a 3D interactive tour through the brand-new Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport.
Destination developer Miral has announced that the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi indoor theme park will open its doors to the public on July 25th.
Now in its 25th year, the 2018 edition will welcome over 2,500 exhibiting companies and an expected 40,000 visitors, with over 150 countries represented, 65 national pavilions, and more than 100 new exhibitors set to make their ATM debut.
Arrivals from the Middle East, North America and Africa will drive growth in Egypt’s tourism industry to 2021, according to the latest data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018.
Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 13 per cent between 2018 and 2021, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. Commissioned by ATM, the Colliers International data predicts the rise will be fuelled by visitors from across the GCC, who accounted for 48 per cent of guests in 2017.
Hotels will comprise a fifth of the total show area at Arabian Travel Market 2018, the largest exhibition of regional and global hotel brands in the history of the event.
Emirates will unveil its new Boeing 777-300ER first class private suite exhibit at the Arabian Travel Market. This year marks Emirates’ 25th year of partnership and commitment to ATM.
Chinese arrivals to the GCC will increase 21 per cent to 2021, rising to 2.5 million visitors annually, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. Published by Colliers International, the data predicts Saudi Arabia will experience the highest proportionate increase in arrivals from China, up 35 per cent on 2016 figures.