Dubai: To showcase India’s potential as one of the booming tourism location, nine Indian states and 24 tour operators are participating in the four-day Arabian Travel Market 2007 in Dubai, starting today.
The states taking part include Kerala, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Uttarakand, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The Tourism Ministry of Kerala, Uttarakand, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir would lead their respective delegations, Indian Consul-General Venu Rajamony said.
Arabian Travel Market 2007 the Middle East’s premier travel and tourism show has 2,600 exhibitors from 64 nations, marking a 24% increase from last year, said Tom Nutley, chairman of the event organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions.
“The outbound potential of the Middle East, particularly the Gulf, which embraces countries with some of the world’s highest per capita income, continues unabated and competition for the region’s traveller is becoming very intense,” he added.
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, under whose aegis the show is being organised, said the event was significant to Dubai as it comes at a time when the country’s tourism sector was booming
DTMC Director (Operations and Marketing Division) Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb said, “Tourism is the country’s strong economic sector and the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 places it among the six ‘building blocks´ for future growth.”
“The total revenues of Dubai’s hotel industry increased by 22.8% to cross the AED 11-billion mark in 2006, with an all-time high 6.5 million guests staying in the country’s 414 hotels and hotel apartments,” he added.