ATM 2018: Deputy ruler of Dubai opens 25th anniversary event

ATM 2018: Deputy ruler of Dubai opens 25th anniversary event Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai, officially inaugurated Arabian Travel Market 2018 today. The event is marking its 25th anniversary this year. He was joined by Nick Pilbream, divisional director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, and other VIPs who embarked on a tour of the exhibition as the four-day industry showcase got underway. This year’s show, which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from until April 15th, has more than 400 main stand holders…

ATM 2018: Sun Aqua unveils Sun Aqua Iru Veli, Maldives

ATM 2018: Sun Aqua unveils Sun Aqua Iru Veli, Maldives Sun Aqua is launching the third property in their portfolio; Sun Aqua Iru Veli, an exclusive resort on the island of Aluvifushi, a private island for guests only in the heart of the South Nilandhe Atoll. The resort is scheduled to open in October 2018. True to the Sun Aqua brand, the new resort is laid-back and stylish with a playful vibe. Iru Veli is a five-star premium all-inclusive resort of 125 villas and suites, all with private pools. Across…

ATM 2018: Emaar reveals Rove property for Al Marjan, Ras al Khaimah

Abdullah Al Abdooli, chief executive, Al Marjan Island, left, confirms the deal with Olivier Harnisch, chief executive of Emaar Hospitality GroupATM 2018: Emaar reveals Rove property for Al Marjan, Ras al Khaimah Rove Hotels has announced its expansion to Ras Al Khaimah, with the first Rove hotel in the emirate in Al Marjan Island. A spectacular four-island development, Al Marjan Island is at the heart of Ras Al Khaimah’s transformational growth. Extending 4.5 kilometres into the sea and covering an area of 2.7 square kilometres, the integrated lifestyle community is…

ATM 2018: Time Hotels reveals plans for six new properties

ATM 2018: Time Hotels reveals plans for six new properties Time Hotels has announced plans to open six new properties across the Middle East by the end of 2020. The properties, which will see the growth and launch of existing as well as new Time Hotel brands to key territories throughout the region, will be unveiled during Arabian Travel Market. Mohamed Awadalla, chief executive, Time Hotels, said: “Our current pipeline of hotels and residences meet the demands of multiple value-driven markets by offering a high-quality stay across all our brand…

ATM 2018: Quarter century of Middle Eastern hospitality celebrated in Dubai

Anwar Abu Monassar, destination director, strategy and operation, The Vision; Thierry Antinori, chief commercial officer, Emirates Airline; Simon Press, senior exhibition director, ATM; Issam Abdul Rahim Kazim, chief executive, Dubai Corporation for Tourism & Commerce Marketing; and Olivier Harnisch, chief executive, Emaar Hospitality Group celebrate the launch of ATM 2018 ATM 2018: Quarter century of Middle Eastern hospitality celebrated in Dubai Arabian Travel Market opens its doors this morning for four days of business networking opportunities and insightful seminar sessions. Organisers claim deals worth over US$2.5 billion will be agreed.…

ATM 2018: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to open in July

ATM 2018: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to open in July Destination developer Miral has announced that the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi indoor theme park will open its doors to the public on July 25th. When the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi opens this summer, it will feature six immersive lands including DC’s Metropolis and Gotham City, as well as Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza. “The launch of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is yet another milestone in the Emirate’s journey to further enrich…

ATM 2018: Saudia to showcase rapid transformation in Dubai

ATM 2018: Saudia to showcase rapid transformation in Dubai The airline has rolled out many new products and onboard amenities this year, including a new business class Porsche-designed men’s kit and Furla ladies kit, as well as new children’s characters and kits. Saudia will debut a new exhibition stand design, measuring 9 x 30.5 meters, along with many interactive features and products on display, including all of the latest seats on static display. Also on display will be a ‘smart model’ experience, which provides a 3D interactive tour through the…

ATM 2018: UAE continues to lead Middle East luxury sector

ATM 2018: UAE continues to lead Middle East luxury sector The UAE will continue to lead the GCC’s luxury hospitality segment to 2022, with 73 per cent of existing luxury hotel stock and 61 per cent of the region’s current luxury pipeline located in the country, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. The research demonstrates that luxury properties have increased three-fold in the GCC in just ten years, with 95 per cent of these properties operated by international management brands. Despite taking the lead position, the…

ATM 2018: Luxury spa market set to grow in Dubai

ATM 2018: Luxury spa market set to grow in Dubai The number of five-star hotel spas in Dubai is on track to increase by a compound annual growth rate of 11 per cent to 2021, according to data released by Colliers International. According to the report, Spa & Wellness Travel, produced exclusively for Arabian Travel Market, the number of five-star hotel spas in Dubai will increase from 107 in 2017 to 157 in 2021, in close correlation with the emirate’s hotel pipeline. High profile openings over recent months include The…

ATM 2018: Saudi tourism set to outpace regional champions

ATM 2018: Saudi tourism set to outpace regional champions Recent reforms in Saudi Arabia, not to mention widespread investment in the kingdom’s burgeoning tourism industry, will drive growth in the hospitality market of 13.5 per cent compound annual growth rate, according to a new report. That is higher than the established markets in the UAE (10.1 per cent) and Oman (11.8 per cent). The figures come from fresh research issued ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. Commenting on the findings of the report, Simon Press, senior exhibition director, Arabian Travel…