Nepal receives New Frontiers Recovery Award at ATM 2015

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The 22nd Arabian Travel Market 2015 concluded with over 2,700 exhibitors at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The four-day event attracted about 23,000 visitors with 113 new companies exhibiting for the first time, as well as 70 national pavilions. New countries hat joined the show this year were Serbia, Slovakia and Croatia. “The size of the show has grown by per cent this year,” said Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director of Reed Exhibitions.

Nepal receives New Frontiers Recovery Award

ATM has named Nepal as the recipient of the New Frontiers Recovery Award 2015. Accepting the award from Nadege Noblet-Segers, Exhibition Manager, ATM, on behalf of the Nepal Tourism Board, Rishav Agarwal, Co-Owner of Kathmandu-based Nebuti Travels, said that the industry response over the three days at ATM had been “incredible”, with visitors to the stand asking for detailed situation updates and also pledging continued support. Nepal’s confidence in the future of its tourism industry remains undimmed with four of the original six confirmed participating companies making it to Dubai for ATM 2015. Nepal was shortlisted along with Japan and India, each of which suffered significant human and economic losses in the last 12 months due to devastating natural  atastrophes, namely the Mount Ontake eruption in Japan and Malin landslide in India. “Although the original decision was made to recognise Nepal following last year’s Sunkoshi River landslide, which resulted in both loss of life and loss of tourism revenues, this has obviously been surpassed by the catastrophic events of last month,” said Noblet.

Family travel in spotlight

YouGov revealed their new data on MENA family travel trends as the in-depth study highlighted preference for destinations with theme park activities, shopping and child-friendly environment. “Our research looked at how behaviour and preferences change when travelling with children, and with children of different ages, and this was a good springboard for discussion,” said Scott Booth, Research Director & Head of Travel, Tourism and Leisure for YouGov ME. Sponsored by Mexico, family travel was the Spotlight Theme for ATM 2015.

Smart technologies reshaping tourism landscape

Global growth in mobile bookings expected to reach 35% of online travel bookings by 2018 as wearable technology takes off; opportunities in business tourism development also highlighted with Dubai 2020 the primary catalyst. Euromonitor International has released its latest tourism Global Trends report at ATM with up-to-date insight into MENA economic trends and specific emphasis on the future impact of smart technologies and opportunities for business tourism growth in the region. The report findings covered seven regions: the Americas, the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and India.

A number of travel companies and technology developers are already addressing the trend with Expedia releasing a traveller notification app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart-watch in August 2014, and working on one for Google Glass; Starwood creating its own Google Glass app that allows bookings and provides hotel directions, as well as plans to use the Apple Watch as a room key in future; and Iberia, Vueling and Air Berlin have announced that their passengers will be able to download boarding passes directly onto their wearable devices.