Restructuring to Attract Sustainable Investment and Customers in the New World Order

Restructuring to Attract Sustainable Investment and Customers in the New World Order

03 Jun 2020, 12:15 - 13:45

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Restructuring to attract sustainable investment and customers in the new world order

Wednesday 03 June 2020

This virtual Summit will discuss sustainable investment measures for the Middle East travel & tourism sector and consider strategies to restore travellers’ confidence and move forward post-pandemic.

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12:15 - 12:20

Welcome: Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC and former Secretary-General UNWTO, and Gerald Lawless, WTTC Ambassador, ITIC Director and Advisory Board member of Dubai Expo 2020.

 

12:20- 12:30 

The future prospects for Gulf and Middle East travel and tourism in the post Covid-19 era

Gerald Lawless, (WTTC Ambassador, ITIC Director and Advisory Board member of Dubai Expo 2020) in conversation with Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC

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12:30 – 13:15 

Panel Discussion: The initiatives to be taken to revive the travel and tourism industry to secure sustainable investment in the region?

Moderator:

Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster BBC

Speakers:  

HE Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman Sharjah Investment and Development Authority

His Excellency Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA)

HE Saleh Al Gezeiry, Director General for Ajman Tourism

Mr. Majed M. Alghanim Tourism & Quality of Life Managing Director, Ministry of Investment, Saudi Arabia  

Mr. Nicolas Mayer, PWC Industry Leader Hospitality and Tourism EMEA & Managing Partner Global Center of Excellence Tourism & Hospitality  

Mr. Issam Kazim CEO - Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce 

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13:15 – 13:45

Panel Discussion: Repositioning your business for success when the pandemic comes under control 

 

Moderator:

Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster BBC

 

Speakers: 

Mr. Haitham Mattar, Senior Advisor to the Saudi Ministry of Tourism

Dr. Abed Al-Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director, Jordan Tourism Board

Prof. Dimitrious Buhalis, University of Bournemouth 

Mr. Ben Lock,  Director, Edelman

Mr. Marcus Lee, Chairman of Association of SME Business owners in China

Closing: Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC and former Secretary-General UNWTO

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Don't forget to register for this live event by visiting the Virtual ATM Event.

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Contributors

  • Rajan Datar

    Moderator

    Journalist & Broadcaster

    BBC

    Rajan Datar is a hugely respected and versatile broadcaster and journalist who cut his teeth feature-writing for national publications including the...

  • Dr. Taleb Rifai

    Key Note Speaker

    Chairman

    International Institute of peace for tourism (IIPT)

    Taleb Rifai was the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization  heading the (UNWTO) since 2009 for two consecutive terms, ending in January...

  • Gerald Lawless

    Speaker

    WTTC Ambassador, Former President and CEO Jumeirah Group

    WTTC

    Gerald Lawless, started his career with Forte Hotels which culminated in him setting up and growing Forte’s operations in the Middle East.  After a...

  • H.E. Khalid Jasim al-Midfa

    Speaker

    Chairman

    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority

    His Excellency Khalid Jasim Al Midfa brings over 15 years of dynamic professional experience in various commercial, tourism and economic fields in...

  • H.E. Marwan Jassim al-Sarkal

    Speaker

    Executive Chairman

    Sharjah Investment and Development Authority

    His Excellence (HE) Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, the Executive Chairman of Shurooq, is considered one of the key leaders in Sharjah’s tourism...

  • Issam Abdul Rahim Kazim

    Speaker

    CEO

    Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing

    Issam Kazim is the CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), which was established in December 2013 as an affiliate of...

  • Haitham Mattar

    Speaker

    CEO

    Beyond Tourism

    Haitham Mattar, is the former CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority from 2015 - 2019, where he successfully repositioned Ras Al...

  • Majed al-Ghanim

    Speaker

    Managing Director of Tourism & Quality of Life

    Ministry of Investment, Saudi Arabia

    Within his role, Majed has a responsibility for the development of the tourism, entertainment, cultural and sports industries within the Kingdom. The...

  • Dr. Marcus Lee

    Speaker

    Chairman

    SME Business Owners Association in China

    Dr. Marcus Lee, is currently Chairman of SME Business Owners Association in China. Its subsidiary, WELCOME CHINA was appointed coordinator of "China...

  • Ben Lock

    Speaker

    Senior Director

    Edelman

    Ben has over 20 years experience in communications at world leading agencies with a particular focus on building and managing international corporate...

  • Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis

    Speaker

    Director

    eTourism Lab

    Professor Dimitrios Buhalis is the Head of Department Tourism and Hospitality, Director of the eTourism Lab and Deputy Director of the International...

  • Dr. Abed al-Razzaq Arabiyat

    Speaker

    Managing Director

    Jordan Tourist Board

    Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat is the current Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board; the leader in positioning and promoting Jordan as the...

  • Saleh Mohammad al-Geziry

    Speaker

    Director General

    Ajman Tourism Development Department

    His Excellency Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry is Director General of Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) in Ajman, UAE.  Mr Al Geziry, a seasoned...

  • Nicolas Mayer

    Speaker

    Managing Partner

    PwC’s Global Center of Tourism Excellence

    Nicolas is PwC’s global industry leader for the tourism industry and the Managing Partner of PwC’s Global Center of Tourism Excellence, which has...

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