ATM 2021 to Host Saudi Arabia Tourism Summit 

This year, 62 countries will be represented at the exhibition

One of the most highly anticipated sessions to take place at ATM 2021, the Saudi Arabia Tourism Summit will discuss the Vision 2030 strategy’s positive repercussions, its ambitious mega-projects and how the country is setting new global industry benchmarks. 

It will feature insights from high-level experts on the ground, including Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO, Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA); Dr Afnan Alshuaiby, founder and CEO of FNN International and Chairperson of Arab International Women’s Forum; Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority; and John Pagano, CEO of the Red Sea Development Company.

Speaking about the summit,Arabian Travel Market Exhibition Director ME Danielle Curtis said: “The general theme of this year’s show is ‘A new dawn for travel and tourism’ and the opening session will get the show off to a positive, practical and optimistic start.

Running in parallel with the Global Stage is the four-day Travel Forward Theatre at ATM, which through world-class technology experts and renowned industry figures, will provide industry-leading insights about the latest technologies and trends that will undoubtedly shape the future of travel and tourism.

Other highlights include the International Tourism and Investment Conference, plus other co-located events including the Digital Influencer Speed Networking event and Buyers’ Club forums.

In-person on the show floor, 62 countries represented by main stand holders and sharers will be participating this year. They include the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Germany, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Italy, Greece, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Maldives, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and the USA.

“Undoubtedly, discussion on the show floor will be focused on the very latest Covid-19 news from around the world – vaccine rollouts, social and travel restrictions, the current state of the industry, emerging trends and what the future holds,” Curtis added.

ATM 2021 will also play an integral role in Arabian Travel Week, which will feature exhibitions, conferences, breakfast briefings, awards, product launches and networking events.

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