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October 25, 2013

WATCH: Arabian Travel Market to Expand in 2014

Next year's Arabian Travel Market will be significantly larger than previous editions, Hotelier Middle East is reporting. 

Due to increased exhibitor demand, an extra hall has been added to the floor plan, which now exceeds 23,500 square metres of exhibition space.

According to organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions, this represents a 5.8 percent increase in floor space for next year’s event, which will be held from May 5-8, 2014 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Reed Travel Exhibitions portfolio director Mark Walsh noted that the most demand for floor space was coming from Middle East businesses.

Demand from Middle East exhibitors up 11 percent, Europe up by 7 percent and travel technology and hotels rising by 8 percent and 7 percent respectively.

The increase in both supply and demand for floor space at ATM also reflects how the region is improving on the 2013 World Economic Forum Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index: According to the report, the UAE is now in the top 30 of the index, and Qatar and Oman are also doing well. 

Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing forecasts the economic value of the GCC hospitality industry will be $28.3 billion by 2016, through an annual growth rate of 8.1 percent.

Take a look at Arabian Travel Market in years past, and see why local businesses are so keen to be a part of it:

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