Arabian Travel Market 2013 Opens Its Doors – What Did You Miss?

Jamie Bell

Emirates President Tim Clark @ATMDubai

HRH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed opens Arabian Travel Market

At midday the 20th edition of Arabian Travel Market opened its doors.

Tourism professionals from around the world flooded in to take advantage of this unique opportunity to unlock business potential within the Middle East’s inbound and outbound markets.

Exhibitors on show…

Day 1 of this 4-day event did not disappoint. More than 2700 exhibitors from across the globe were on display, presenting a comprehensive range of products and destinations across the entire travel industry.

Knowledge is power…

An outstanding line-up of experts kicked off the ATM Events Programme this morning and began addressing the industry’s most important issues.

Big names featured in the ATM Seminar Theatre; President of Emirates, Tim Clark and Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce provided a great insight into their first few weeks working together and both carriers’ vision for the future in their Emirates/Qantas co-operation.

VIDEO - Following the session we spoke to Tim Clark who told us what he thought:

Highlights from day 1’s event programme also included:

- An insightful look at the past, present and future of the UAE in the Now, Then & Tomorrow session.
- The popular eLearning session helped travel agents understand how they can boost sales via online training.
- Lonely Planet sharing the UAEs best bits outside of Abu Dhabi and Dubai over at the Destination Briefing Theatre.

A busy Now, Then & Tomorrow Session

Google talk analytics in the Google Tech Theatre

Buyers, buyers, buyers…

Buyers were a key focus on day 1. The event welcomed hundreds of Buyers Club members from every type of company in the leisure travel sector, all of whom have direct purchasing responsibility.

In addition, 150 buyers from the Hosted Delegate programme met, networked and concluded deals with exhibitors throughout the morning in the pre-scheduled appointments session.

VIDEO - Hosted Delegate and Buyers Club member Thomas Schilde, earlier explained why the event is so beneficial and why it is important to him as a Travel Agent

This mornings buzzing Host Delegate appointmets

Business being done at Arabian Travel Market 2013

A touch of luxury…

Luxury travel was on the agenda this afternoon. The ILTM@ATM Appointments session saw exhibitors operating in luxury sector matched with relevant luxury buyers. The outcome was a buzzing and productive session that will surely lead to valuable business deals.

Attention then turned to Luxury Spa. The ‘What Makes a First Class, New Generation Spa?’ session revealed how some of the world’s top spa hotels create sensory experiences for their guests and elevate their therapists and treatments to the highest level.

Don’t forget your passport…

The TTN & Arabian Travel Market Passport Competition 2013 also got underway. Travel Agents, along with their ATM passports, toured participating exhibitor stands to learn more about their products and for the chance to win some impressive prizes.

VIDEO - Alison Jones of participating exhibitor Sabre Travel Network explained why their involved in the competition.

If you are a Travel Agent and didn’t get involved today, don’t worry; there is still plenty of time. Download your passport below and get started tomorrow.

Download Passport PDF

More to come tomorrow…

That covers just some of today at Arabian Travel Market 2013. There are still three more packed days to come!

Thanks to those who attended today, we look forward to seeing you again tomorrow. For those who didn’t attend, if you haven’t already, you can still register for a free admission here:

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