Dubai will host the largest in-person travel and tourism event in the world, since the onset of the pandemic last year.

Arabian Travel Market (ATM), a show now in its 28th year, will go ahead at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on Sunday May 16 to Wednesday May 19.

“The theme of this year’s show is ‘A new dawn for travel and tourism’ and the spotlight will be focused on the very latest ‘COVID’ news from around the world – vaccine rollouts, the current state of the industry and more importantly, what the future holds,” said Claude Blanc, Portfolio Director, WTM & IBTM Portfolios.

ATM 2021 will feature 67 conference sessions with more than 145 local, regional and international speakers taking part. On site, a Global Stage will host a hotel industry summit, dedicated buyer forums for Saudi Arabia and China, an International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC), as well as an aviation panel and a special session on Gulf-Israeli ties.

Other features this year will include Travel Forward at ATM, with world-class technology experts providing industry-leading insights on the latest technologies and trends shaping the future of travel and tourism.

A total of 62 countries will be represented on the exhibition floor this year such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Germany, Cyprus, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, the Maldives, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and the US.

The event will once again play an integral role in Arabian Travel Week, a 10-day long festival of travel and tourism events taking place in Dubai and online, which include: travel technology exhibition Travel Forward, ARIVAL Dubai for the tours and attractions sector, GBTA’s half-day virtual business travel conference, ITIC’s Middle East Tourism Investment Summit, speed networking events for digital influencers and regionally focused buyer groups including China, and of course ATM Virtual, the online edition of the ATM exhibition, which takes place from May 24-26.