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ATM 2015: Key highlights and figures

More than 3,000 exhibitors and hundreds of delegates were present at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) that opened in Dubai

More than 3,000 exhibitors and hundreds of delegates were present at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) that opened today in Dubai.

For companies who have a stake in the travel and tourism business, there isn’t a better launching pad than ATM to reveal future plans.  The 22nd edition of ATM will run from May 4 to 7.

Here are the top announcements made during the first day at ATM 2015:

Dubai’s luxury hotel group Jumeirah has unveiled the name for its new hotel at Madinat  Jumeirah. It will be known as Jumeirah Al Naseem and will have 430 luxurious rooms and suites. It is scheduled to open in 2016.

Jumeirah Al Naseem - Lobby Lounge. Jumeirah Al Naseem – Lobby Lounge.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will open its second Hotel Indigo in the UAE in The Sustainable City, which is currently under construction in Dubai. The property, which will open in 2017, will be a net-zero energy building. The property will provide a solar-powered shuttle service to transport hotel guests to Downtown Dubai.

Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business wing of Emaar Properties, has announced its international expansion to Nigeria and Bahrain through hotel and serviced residence management contracts. All the projects are scheduled to open in 2018.

In Nigeria, The Address Hotels + Resorts will operate The Address Centenary City Abuja and The Address Residences Centenary City Abuja. In Bahrain, it will operate The Address Marassi Al Bahrain and The Address Residences Marassi Al Bahrain, in addition to Vida Hotels and Resorts, a young brand launched by Emaar Hospitality Group.

Vida Downtown Dubai Vida Downtown Dubai

This one’s not a business announcement: Interestingly, Dubai Parks and Resorts unveiled one of the largest stands at the ATM. Characters from its theme-park partners such as Sony Picture Studios and Dream Works Animation took part in live shows.

See the pictures below:

Dubai Parks and Resorts ATM stand Dubai Parks and Resorts ATM stand

characters 1 Dubai Parks and Resorts ATM stand

Hyatt has announced its plans for new hotels across several of its brands. The group plans to open at least nine new Hyatt-branded hotels in the GCC by 2017.  Six of the nine new hotels will open in Saudi Arabia and a new Grand Hyatt will be opened in Abu Dhabi. Hyatt currently operates 10 properties across the GCC.

Saudi-based travel Agency giant Al Tayyar Travel Group revealed its plans to foster business with worldwide industry partners. The company has ramped up its travel and tourism business with a capital increase of two billion Saudi riyals.

Francis Dharmai, Head of Tourism and Regional General Manager at the group says: “Over the four days at the ATM, we will be meeting with key hotel partners and suppliers from around the world, renewing and signing new agreements. We are looking forward to meeting tourism boards from Oman, Qatar, Jordan and more countries and scouting for collaborative opportunities.”

Rixos Hotels has unveiled details of its latest project in Dubai – The Walk – set to open in 2016.

The property on JBR will have hotel rooms and residential apartments, alongside a number of dining outlets. The group’s CEO Bugra Berberoglu says: “This new project will take the urban resort experience to a new and unmatched level. What we are creating here is something different.”

Qatar Airways has announced its plans to expand its services to the US. The leading Middle East airline revealed its plans to introduce new passenger routes to Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta.

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive says: “As Qatar Airways continues its global expansion, we are delighted to be offering even more gateways in the US, connecting passengers from destinations across the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.”