Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) have announced the addition of a new exhibition to its travel portfolio with the unveiling of Connect Middle East, India & Africa 2019. Serving as a route development forum, the new event is set to run side-by-side with the upcoming Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 30 April to 1 May 2019.
To bring this new event to life, RTE has joined forces with Emirates, who will serve as the show’s official airline partner, as well as Emaar Hospitality Group, who have signed on as official hotel partner.
The company is also working closely with Lyon-based aviation event specialist, The Airport Agency, to introduce this event to the Middle East.
Commenting on the announcement, Nick Pilbeam, divisional director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: “The Middle East’s aviation market is forecast to grow 5% annually until 2036, according to IATA. It is predicted that the sector will witness an extra 322 million passengers a year on routes to, from and within the region – with the total market size expanding to 517 million passengers over this period.
“The sector is expected to contribute nearly AED 200 billion to the UAE’s economy by 2020, providing up to 750,000 jobs.
“Moreover, the aviation industry is a crucial economic pillar for Dubai, accounting for more than 27% of Dubai’s GDP, or $26.7bn, according to Oxford Economics. This is expected to increase to 37.5% by 2020 with a total annualised impact of $53.1bn.”
Drawing representatives from airlines, airport, aviation authorities, tourism organisations and tour operators from across the world, CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 is expected to feature its own conference programme, panel discussions, as well as airline and industry briefings.
Commenting on the collaboration between The Airport Agency and RTE, Karin Butot, CEO, The Airport Agency, said: “CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa is set to deliver a unique networking platform for airports, airlines and tourism to meet and network alongside ATM, the largest international travel event in the region which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.
“As more and more airports are working in synergy with their destinations to explore and secure new airline services, CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa will deliver exceptional opportunities in an established, highly-productive format, thus making the show the only aviation route development event in the region for both inbound and outbound travel, connecting senior aviation professionals with airlines and airports all over the world.”