With over 2,700 exhibitors from 83 countries, Arabian Travel Market opens its doors on Monday, May 5th in Dubai, UAE.

DSCN6770Now in its 21st year, the 2014 edition is a complete sell out, with 25,000 square metres - including one extra hall – makes ATM the largest travel trade exhibitor event ever to be held in the Middle East.

Taking place at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre until 8 May 2014, the show has grown by 8% since 2013 and will welcome over 2,700 exhibitors, with 420 main stand holders and exhibitors from 83 countries as well as 68 national pavilions.

Record-breaking visitor numbers are also forecasted with over 21,000 local, regional and international industry professionals expected to attend. Tourism professionals including exhibitors and visitors from 157 countries will be in attendance.

atm14New features and services for ATM 2014 include the launch of the first ever specialised annual theme, with a ‘Spotlight on Luxury’ focus encompassing several luxury-specific seminars, hosted buyers representing this valuable market segment and high-end exhibitors including well-known hospitality brands and premium destinations.

Global payments’ technology company Visa Inc. will deliver a snapshot of the findings from its latest Affluent Study on Monday at the exhibition. “One interesting feature of the study that I can reveal ahead of our presentation at Arabian Travel Market, is that in 2013 family holidays had the third highest spending incidence among affluent respondents in the UAE.

89% took an overseas holiday in the last year with India, USA, Turkey, Maldives and France as the most popular destinations,” commented Marcello Baricordi, General Manager UAE and Global Accounts Lead at Visa Inc. MENA.

He added: “In terms of expected spending on family holidays over the next 12 months, half of UAE affluent respondents said they would be spending more than the previous year.”

FTNnews.com will be represented by Suat Töre at Arabian Travel Market. You can find and contact with him at Turkey booth located at Stand EU7220.