Arabian Travel Market 2023 partners with IHG Hotels & Resorts

Arabian Travel Market 2023 partners with IHG Hotels & Resorts

Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the travel and tourism event for inbound and outbound tourism professionals throughout the Middle East, has signed an agreement with IHG Hotels & Resorts to become its official hotel partner for ATM 2023, which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on May 1-4. ATM 2022 attracted over 24,000 visitors and hosted over 31,000 participants, including 1,600 exhibitors and attendees from 151 countries across 10 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The theme of next year’s ATM showcase is “Working Towards Net Zero,” and RX (Reed Exhibitions) the organizer of ATM, will celebrate its 30th annual event by unveiling a dedicated sustainability pledge, not only to make the ATM 2023 event more sustainable but to announce 30 long-term goals, as ATM works toward net zero in line with the RX Global pledge.

IHG, a leading international hospitality group, will officially accommodate almost 200 leading international media and key industry buyers from the UK, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, India, Egypt and South Africa, among other countries.

The agreement will enable IHG to showcase its InterContinental-branded properties in Dubai, as well as voco Hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, and Hotel Indigo to top industry professionals representing the luxury, leisure, MICE and business segments. In addition, IHG will also host the official ATM party.

Commenting on the announcement, Haitham Mattar, IHG’s MD for IMEA, said: “We are pleased to extend our long-term relationship with RX as the hotel partner for Arabian Travel Market 2023. We are especially keen on the show’s theme ‘Working towards Net Zero,’ as it is well aligned with IHG’s ‘Journey to Tomorrow’ – our 10-year responsible business agenda focused on our people, planet, and communities. The partnership presents a great opportunity for IHG to showcase the work that we are doing on a series of far-reaching commitments to drive environmental and social change.”

He went on to add: “As a regular global exhibitor with RX, we have experienced great footfall and interest at several of their shows across the world and especially at ATM. The show’s success was especially evident in 2022 as the world returned to meeting face to face and building strong personal networks and long-term business relationships. The show offered a great backdrop for the launch of our new ‘IHG One Rewards’ program, and in 2023, we look forward to delving further into our loyalty offering for the Middle East.”

Danielle Curtis, ATM’s exhibition director, said: “Arabian Travel Market is committed to the Middle East, which has some of the most ambitious and exciting development plans anywhere in the world. This partnership with IHG presents an ideal opportunity to align one of the region’s leading hospitality groups with our unrivaled event platform. The official hotel partnership is pivotal to the ongoing success of Arabian Travel Market, and the correlation between attracting quality buyers and delivering a quality host hotel experience has been a major factor in driving interest and guaranteeing the attendance of key travel industry professionals

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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