- First major in-person international travel event since outbreak of pandemic
- 62 countries represented on exhibition floor, 67 conference sessions & 145 local, regional & international speakers
- Middle East tourism professionals optimistic about rapid recovery of industry
- Senior regional and international government and private sector panelists to discuss ‘The Road to Recovery’
Local, regional and international travel and tourism professionals will converge on the Dubai World Trade Centre tomorrow (Sunday 16 May) for the opening of the Arabian Travel Market 2021 (ATM) the first major in-person international travel event since the outbreak of the pandemic.
One of the highlights of the first day will be the Tourism for a Brighter Future opening session taking place at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm GST. Moderated by Becky Anderson, Managing Editor, CNN Abu Dhabi & Anchor, speakers include HE Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM); Dr Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC & Former Secretary General United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Scott Livermore, Chief Economist of Oxford Economics Middle East, Dubai and Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed, Managing Director, Maldives Tourism Board.
Later in the afternoon, the Tourism Beyond COVID Recovery session will take place, at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm GST, and will include key speakers such as Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Belhoul Al Falasi,…