Category Archives: Exhibitions

Abu Dhabi tourism roadshow in 3 Indian cities

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The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is embarking on a three-city roadshow to India to help promote the emirate and encourage more Indian visitors to explore and discover Abu Dhabi. The delegation, including the UAE’s national carrier Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Yas Experiences, Dusit Thani, Royal Arabian, Air Travel Enterprise, Sofitel and Rotana, will be in India from 17th – 21st September, 2018. The roadshow will commence in New Delhi in northern India before moving on to Chennai and ending in Bengaluru. Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director Promotions and Overseas Offices, DCT Abu Dhabi, said, “India is a vital tier-one source market for us, providing us more hotel guests each year. In 2017, we recorded spectacular double-digit growth from India and we are already recording further progress from the Indian market since the turn of the year. We are now running a series of roadshows to cities across the country, highlighting the emirate and its attractions. We have excellent air connectivity, with 278 flights a week to Abu Dhabi from 12 Indian destinations.” Bejan Dinshaw, Country Manager India, DCT Abu Dhabi, said, “Our persistent efforts have managed to reinforce India as one of the leading overseas source markets for Abu Dhabi. Our YoY performance has witnessed stupendous growth and this has been possible because of the impressive work done by our trade partners. These roadshows have helped our stakeholders to connect with the regional trade partners, further boosting tourism to the Emirate.” India is currently the second-largest overseas market for Abu Dhabi after China. Last year saw more than 360,000 Indians staying in Abu Dhabi’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments, an increase of more than …

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Over 100 attendees attend Luxury Outbound Travel Market

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The Luxury outbound travel market was attended by over 100 participants at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort.Rwanda Consulate was the main sponsor for the event with TravTalk Middle East as the exclusive media partner. It was a very informative and personalised experience for the many buyers and sellers who attended the event. Thailand tourism, Turkish tourism, Seychelles tourism, Azerbaijan tourism were present along with many international tour operators from US, Canada, Vietnam, etc with luxury properties from Seychelles, Rwanda, Georgia with Raviz centrepoint hotel  Dubai was the official hospitality partner of the event. Attendees such as Nirvana travels, Omeir travels, Kanoo travels, Al Naboodah and Cozmo travels, Al Arabi travel agency, Micco travels, Claviger, pluto travels, gezira travel,  are just some of the few names who attended the event. The most important of such events is the unique time factor with the buyer and seller having the liberty to decide to network with each other.  Mario Anthony Managing Director of Luxury Connections and organiser of the event welcomed the international sellers and buyers from the UAE and introduced the key note speaker VK Balaji Chief Operating Officer of TBO Holidays. Balaji mentioned that the travel sector in this part of the world has many opportunities and everyone will be able to avail a piece of business if the proper channeling is done.  

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Rwanda Consulate partners with OTE Abu Dhabi 2018

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For the first time, Rwanda Consulate in Dubai will be the exclusive partner at the second edition of Luxury Outbound Travel Market to be held on September 6, 2018 at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort. The event is being organised by Luxury Connections with  exclusive media partnership by TravTalk Middle East, Tourism Breaking News and TravelTV. News. Rwanda Consulate in Dubai will provide an in-depth presentation of various offerings especially for clients of this region. The new ease of visa facility open to all countries is a sure step in the right direction for development of tourism in Rwanda. Safety is another key component essential for travellers and this is a feature which the consulate iterates for all travellers. Conservation is part and parcel of Rwanda’s rich tourism strategy; hence all what travellers need to know about the rich nature, cultural heritage and maintain the environment will be disclosed to all travel agents and tour operators present at the event. Some of the offerings that will be presented will be the famous Gorilla trekking, volcanoes, hiking and forest trails.

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ADNEC to host over 50 MiCE events in 2018

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Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that it is primed to host a very busy events season with its venues to be fully occupied by major local and international events before the end of this year, with more than 50 exhibitions and conferences across key sectors including culture, healthcare, leisure, lifestyle, and business. Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC, said, “ADNEC seeks to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position as the capital of business tourism sector in the region, by attracting major international events to the Emirate. We have completed all preparations needed to host more than 50 major and international events before the end of 2018, which is a confirmation of our success in this field. ADNEC’s workforce, led by a group of highly skilled professional national talents, have worked on developing a wide range of programs aimed at attracting exhibitors and international associations. The coming season will witness exhibitions and conferences hosted and organized for the first time, in accordance with the key sectors identified by the Abu Dhabi plan and the Emirate’s vision 2030.” Al Dhaheri noted ADNEC’s keenness to continue developing infrastructure for all its local and international venues, making all efforts needed to enhance customer satisfaction and exceed the expectations of events organizers and local and international visitors, while conforming to the highest international standards in this competitive sector. He also commended the efforts of the government and private sectors partners, especially the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism and the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, as well as exhibition organisers and representatives of local and international professional associations.

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Arabian Travel Awards 2018 receives record number of entrants

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The second edition of the Arabian Travel Awards has received a record number of entrants from various regions in the Middle East. The event will be held on September 20 in Dubai.  Arabian Travel Awards is a platform for the Middle East market to appreciate the efforts of the travel specialists who have contributed to the booming travel and hospitality industry. The aim is to encourage them to continue promoting tourism in the region especially as all roads are set and ready for the Expo 2020 and beyond. The Arabian Travel Awards are fair and unbiased, following a systematic method of internet-based voting. These awards are supported by, TravTalk Middle East and TravTalk India who are premier media partners for the coverage of the event. The awards will be divided into four categories: Personal Awards, Business Awards, Trending Awards and Partner Awards. They will include awards for Best Business Hotel, Best Family Friendly Hotel, Best City Hotel, Best Green Hotel, Best Leisure Hotel, Best Destination Management Company, Best Hotel Apartments, Best B2B Travel Portal, and Best Luxury Hotel to name a few.

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Travel Tech Middle East 2018 to be held from Sep 26-27 in Dubai

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The second edition of the Travel Tech Middle East Congress (TTME) will be held at The H Dubai from September 26-27. “TTME’s agenda is replete with relevant topics and presentations, with top industrial leaders on board to present and speak, we are very thrilled to host this congress next month. This event is set to make a tremendous impact for the travel technology in Middle East and Verve Management is set to be there to provide this platform for all interested organisations looking to invest in Middle East region and learn about the market”, says a team member of Verve Management. Verve Management is delighted to have Albert Fernando (Travelwings), Albert Dias (Musafir), Matthew Sliedrecht (, Brett Henry (Travel Daily) and Andrew Pearson (Intelligencia Ltd.) on-board to present on the evolution of metasearch for travel & tourism, leveraging data-driven insights in corporate travel, top traveller behaviour trends, Travel Marketing and Artificial Intelligence at TTME 2018, respectively. Another additional panel which has recently been added on the agenda is the “Industry challenges for travel start-ups to solve” with confirmed speakers like, Diego Lofeudo (Sr. Executive Digital Expert & Former member of Expedia Leadership Team EMEA), and Vineet Budki (Guiddoo Worldwide) joining the panel. Vineet is also taking up a presentation on bitcoin for the travel industry. TTME Speakers will also include: Geet Bhalla (HolidayME), Nabil El Shafeay (Visit &Go), Paulina Klotzbucher (Travelstart), Haitham Abdel Baki (Millennium & Copthorne Hotels), Mamoun Hmedan (Wego), Sameer Bagul ( Anna Trushkina (Wego), Philip Jones (Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach) and Stephen Meredith (Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts).

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Second edition of Arabian Travel Awards to be held in Dubai on Sept 20

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Recognising the key players in the industry, the second edition of the Arabian Travel Awards will take stage on 20th September 2018 at JW Marriott Hotel in Deira, Dubai. The much awaited successful black tie event from Durga Das Publications (fze) invites all trade partners to be part of this exciting evening. Nikhil Jeet, convener of the awards states that this year’s nomination is still available for voting online. All the information regarding nominations is on the website— To nominate, one can go to the nomination page, where there are categories and sub-categories. Select the right option, fill the form and send it in. There will be a confirmation email with a voting link sent across. Some of the criteria for nomination includes; All entries must be travel and tourism products that serve the public or the industry, Your business is eligible to enter if it has been operational in its recent form for at least 12 months at the time of applying, Any entrants for New Hotel or New Resort categories will be eligible to enter if, at the time of applying, they opened within the past 12 months, If your entry relates to a specific project, it must have been completed and fully implemented at the time of applying, Any internet or technology products must have been operational for at least 12 months at the time of applying. Arabian Travel Awards supports, promotes and develops the Middle East Travel and Hospitality industry by identifying and rewarding excellence and inspiring its practitioners to continuously raise the standards of their product and service offering and there by taking Middle East Tourism and hospitality industry to the next level.

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Luxury Outbound Travel Market in Abu Dhabi on September 6


Second edition of Luxury Outbound Travel Market will take centre stage on September 6, 2018 at Sheraton Hotel and resorts Abu Dhabi organised by Luxury Connections partnered by Rwanda Tourism and RwandAir with exclusive media partnership by Travtalk Middle East, Tourism breaking news and Travel TV. News. Over 120 decision makers from the leading outbound travel companies of UAE will come together for a powerful day of networking. Among the tourism boards in attendance this year will be Turkey, Thailand, Seychelles and Zimbabwe with hotels from Georgia, hospitality partnership by Raviz Center Point hotel Dubai, event Production partnership by Purple MICE events , transportation partnerships with TLS Limousine and Koi Ride along with Oman insurance as the assurance partner and Hamdan Gallery . Aiming at the outbound travel destinations for 2019, the event promises a wide range of participation this year from Georgia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Azerbaijan. Leading DMCs like Canvas Travels from Georgia, DerTour – Azerbaijan, Southern Breeze – Vietnam are the ones to look out for this year. This year’s event will commence from 2.30pm with registration after which b2b meetings of TOP UAE agents will take place followed by an exclusive presentation by RwandAir and Rwanda Tourism to the buyers . The event will conclude with a Gala dinner which will further enhance networking opportunities between buyers and sellers. Transport for travel agents can be requested to Abu Dhabi from Dubai and return; more details can be obtained by calling the organiser Mario Anthony on 052 3890592 or email

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ITB Asia 2018 to focus on $180 billion worth Muslim travel market


ITB Asia is set to focus on the US$180 billion Muslim travel market this year as it  partners with key experts, CrescentRating and Halal Trip, for the third edition of the Halal in Travel Asia Summit. ITB Asia is launching a newly dedicated Muslim Travel Hub and Pavilion to host panel discussions from October 17-19, 2018 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands. By 2020, it is expected that there will be 156 million Muslim travellers, growing nearly 30% since 2016. Muslim travel is thus an important focus for ITB Asia this year as key players in the travel and tourism space are demanding insights and best practice in marketing destinations. The third Halal in Travel Asia Summit on October 17 will focus on the  key theme of ‘Innovation  & Technology in the Muslim Travel Space’. The conference will kick off with the official release of the Mastercard-Halal Trip Digital Muslim  Travel Report (DMTR) 2018, revealing the latest insights and in-depth analysis into  the Muslim travel market and behaviours when it comes to trip planning research and engagement in the digital space. For the three full days, the dedicated Muslim Travel Hub will offer panels, showcases and important discussions on Halal travel. Key topics covered include how to attract  Muslim travellers to destinations throughout  the year, how to further develop the growing Muslim travel market and develop Muslim-friendly travel packages.

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Emaar selected as official Hotel and hospitality partner for Expo 2020


Millions of visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai, including global leaders, will enjoy world class hospitality after organisers unveiled Dubai-based Emaar Hospitality Group as its new official partner. Emaar Hospitality will provide authentic experiences with a strong local flavour at various locations across the Expo 2020 site, including VIP clubs and lounges, as well as in its hotels and restaurants in Dubai. As the Official Hotel and Hospitality Partner, Emaar Hospitality Group will be responsible for providing exceptional service to Expo 2020’s special ticket holders. The Group will also operate a number of other experiences across the Expo site. In addition, Emaar Hospitality Group will showcase trends and innovations in the hospitality industry. Rolando Martins, Chief Visitor Experience Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, welcomed the partnership as a key element in providing millions of visitors to the Expo with an exceptional experience, as well as an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for UAE tourism. “The hospitality experience at Expo 2020 is an opportunity to showcase this important aspect of the Emirati identity and culture. Emaar Hospitality Group has a record of warmly welcoming millions of visitors to Dubai every year – many of whom return again and again, which makes them the ideal hospitality partner. Emaar Hospitality Group will continue to provide an exceptional hospitality experience that wows all of Expo 2020’s visitors, including world leaders, encouraging them to return to Dubai and the UAE, creating long-lasting benefits for the entire tourism industry.”

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