Arabian Travel Market 2014 Day 1 – What Did You Miss?

This morning saw the 21st edition of Arabian Travel Market get underway, opening with HE Helal Saeed Al Marri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and Director General of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, talking about Dubai’s 2020 tourism vision on the seminar theatre stage. 

Meanwhile, Inbound and outbound tourism professionals and buyers, from across the globe filled the halls to see what the Middle East’s leading international travel and tourism event, its 2700+ exhibitors and extensive events programme had to offer.

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ATM Event Programme off to a flying start…

Day one did not disappoint. Aviation was a key focus in the event programme; with Air Arabia and Gulf Aviation both in the spotlight.
Adel Al, Air Arabia CEO was first up, giving the audience a fascinating insight into the development of low cost models in the Gulf region.
We caught up with Adel following his session and he gave us this great summary of points raised: 


Next, it was a look to the future, when Abu Dhabi Airports and Boeing Commercial Airplanes told us why the Gulf is expanding airports, adding terminals and introducing completely new facilities, despite the fact airport capacity elsewhere in the world continuing to struggle.

Buyers, buyers, buyers…
Buyers from every type of company in the leisure travel sector turned out in their hundreds for day one of Arabian Travel Market.
Their aim, to use their significant purchasing responsibility to do business and sign deals with exhibitors around the hall today and throughout the week.
This started with a bang when 150 buyers from the Hosted Delegate programme met with exhibitors in this mornings pre-scheduled appointments session.
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Technology, Technology, Technology…
Technology was a popular topic today, with big names including TripAdvisor, Google and Sabre taking to the stage.
TripAdvisor's session was particularly interesting and gave an in depth explanation of how the industry can really utilise social media and mobile.
We chatted to Doros Theodorou, Commercial Director EMEA at TripAdvisor for Business after the session and asked him for his top tip for each, check out the video below to hear what he had to say:

More to come tomorrow…
Those are some of the highlights from day 1 at Arabian Travel Market 2014, but there are still three more days to come!
- For more from today take a look at the Show Daily for Day 1
Take a look at the links below for all the latest on specific sectors of interest to you:
- Aviation
- Blogging & Social Media
- Travel Trends
- Digital Marketing & Mobile
- Luxury, Health & Wellbeing
Plus, look out for us, the ATM Social Media Team!
Tweet us using @ATMDubai & #ATM2014 if you have something you want us to see!

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