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Thursday April 11, 2013 by Alex Wood

Upcoming Event - Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2013

The Arabian Travel Market is THE travel and tourism event unlocking business potential within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. Richard Chapman and Alex Wood will be attending the 2013 show which will run from May 6 - 9 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.


7 Reasons why we're visiting:

2000+ products from over 70 destinations

Attend seminars, workshops and debates

Industry announcements and live launches

Network at extravagant social functions

High impact stands and presentations

Plan ahead in challenging economic times

Unlock business potential in the region


Some words to the wise:

Brilliant for us Brits is that the international language of travel is English. Many of the travel agency staff are from the Indian sub-continent or from the Philippines and do not speak Arabic either. However, senior management are often either nationals of the GCC or other Arab speaking countries (Egyptians, Palestinians, Lebanese etc.). They will very often speak excellent English but it will undoubtedly be appreciated if you can at least say a few words, so here's a short lesson:

"hello" (Marhabba)

"welcome" (Ahlan wa sahlan)

or the generic greeting of "peace" (salaam w'alikom).

This is, supposedly, especially appreciated from Brits whom the Arabs believe are singularly embarrassed when speaking any other language than English!

We'll try to make sure that Richard and Alex represent us well!!


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