A bigger and better year?

Gemma Greenwood

What steps are you taking to make sure 2014 is your best year yet in business?

We are only two weeks into 2014, but many of us will already be struggling to keep our New Year’s Resolutions.

As the clock strikes midnight, we have the best of intentions, but come February 1, our resolve has weakened. After all, it’s only too easy to revert to old habits, which as they say, die hard.

This not only applies to our personal lives but rings true in the world of business, including of course, the travel and tourism industry.

Most of us in the GCC will agree that 2013 witnessed a marked improvement in industry fortunes, with market confidence gaining momentum as the economic climate perked up. We are yet to reach the highs of the pre-GEC (Global Economic Crisis) days, but sentiment is decidedly bullish.

In Dubai and the wider UAE, there is no doubt the historic news, back in November, that Dubai had won the World Expo 2020 bid, not only swelled national pride, but automatically instilled global confidence in the destination and its ability to stage big events and build the infrastructure to accommodate them.

The Expo win was just one of the many of the milestones that made 2013 a stellar year for the region’s tourism sector. Hotel openings galore and more expansion in the aviation arena, fuelled by the ‘big three’ carriers (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways), coupled with the opening of passenger terminals at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International and Qatar’s Hamad International Airport, were more feathers in the cap.

But this is a region where visionary leaders continue to push the boundaries and every year, reach new heights in their quest to transform their respective countries into global destinations of distinction, leveraging their favourable geographical location and bringing the world to their doorsteps.

As key stakeholders in the industry, we have the chance to be part of this passion, ambition and foresight and play our own small role in the development of the region’s travel sector.

A new year means new opportunities and it’s our chance to embrace these and push our own boundaries.

What’s your action plan for 2014? Can you keep pace with the evolution of the Gulf’s dynamic tourism industry?

If you’re seeking motivation, Arabian Travel Market’s education programme will this year include a seminar session featuring a high-profile panel of travel, tourism and aviation chiefs discussing their goals and ambitions for 2014 and beyond.

The ‘Year in Review’ panel discussion will take place at 11am on Tuesday May 6th.

It’s your chance to gain insight into the strategic minds of the leaders who drive our industry forward. Prepare to be inspired!

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