ATM tourism summit cancelled

The event will be postponed until ATM 2010, say organisers

This year's ATM will take place from May 5-8.
This year's ATM will take place from May 5-8.

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) has cancelled the Gulf Tourism Summit that was due to take place on day one of this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

The inaugural event – a “high-level” tourism summit involving the region’s tourism ministers – was due to be staged following the opening ceremony of ATM, which this year takes place from May 5-8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

RTE group exhibitions director Mark Walsh said the event had been postponed to ATM 2010 due to “a number of logistical and project issues beyond our control”.

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“We are dedicated to ensuring the 2010 Summit is a critical platform and high-level forum for Gulf countries to promote their tourism strategies, areas of excellence and achievements, discuss growth trends, and explore future opportunities to an international audience of ministers, travel professionals, press and TV,” he said.

“We remain committed to ensuring that Arabian Travel Market 2009, with its enhanced offerings and other new initiatives, is our most informative and business friendly show to date.”

Highlights of this year’s show include Travel Agents’ Day, sponsored by the region’s leading travel trade title, Arabian Travel News, which will take place on day three of ATM (Thursday May 7) and involve training workshops, topical seminars, as well as the Travel Agent Passport scheme.

Agents can collect a passport with their copy of the May issue of Arabian Travel News, available at the show, and are then invited to visit the stands of all participating travel product and service providers who will stamp their passport.

Once their passports are full, they hand them in at the ITP Business Publishing or Arabian Travel News stand to be entered into a prize draw, with five major prizes on offer, including a home entertainment system.

The prizes will be awarded on the Travel Agent Stage in Hall 8 at the end of the day.

Travel agents are also invited to attend a panel discussion from 12 noon to 1.45pm on Travel Agents’ Day where the issue of training and education will be debated by industry notables, chaired by ITP senior group editor Gemma Greenwood.

All ATM participants are also reminded that Careers’ Day will take place on day four – consumer day – of ATM (Friday May 8), which will involve seminars and panel discussions promoting careers in the travel industry.

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