The Chairman of African Tourism Board, Curthbert Ncube has applauded the International Tourism and Investment Conference ITIC to host its first face-to-face event at the ongoing Arabian Travel Market ATM and described it as ”a partnership of progress” .

He said this as the first part of Middle East Tourism Investment Summit, a two-fold event being organised by ITIC in partnership with ATM takes place today. The in-person summit will be held in Dubai on the Wednesday 19th May and will be followed by a virtual summit on the 27 May. The theme will be ‘Invest-Rebuild-Restart the tourism industry in the Middle East’.

He was of the view that partnership of the magnitude is what the world needs at this point in time in order to bring about the much desired recovery of tourism globally.

”As the Middle East Tourism Investment Summit takes place today, I wish to express my excitement at a partnership of progress between ITIC and ATM in which I have no doubt that it will help to accelerate our yearning for the recovery of our sector”

The fact remains that the Middle East stands out as the region offering the most exciting tourism prospects following the Covid-19 vaccination campaigns that have been successfully rolled out, there is no doubt about the fast- track process of recovering tourism within the region as well as in African region.

On his part, Taleb Rifai Chairman of ITIC and former Secretary-General of UNWTO also expressed his own delight at the partnership.

We are delighted to host in partnership with ATM our face-to-face Tourism Investment Summit after 18 months and to regroup industry leaders to discuss the investment opportunities, challenges, issues and the way forward for the future. “

Also, Ibrahim Ayoub, ITIC’s Group CEO, expressed his confidence that the vaccination campaigns will contribute to the rapid restart of international flights.

“Dubai has already set the example of the successful reopening of its airspace and country to foreign visitors. We expect that other countries especially in the Middle East which have properly managed the Covid-19 pandemic, to follow”, he added. “Their resilience needs to be commended.”

These two ITIC summits aim at providing industry leaders with the latest trends and opportunities so that they can position themselves among the first movers to reap the advantages of the post-Covid-19 recovery in the Middle East region.

Industry decision-makers such as Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports; Nicolas Mayer, Global Tourism Leader of PWC; Scott Livermore, Chief Economist of Oxford Economics, Middle East; H.E. Nayef Al-Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan; HE Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman Sharjah Investment and Development Authority; Raki Phillips, CEO Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; H.E. Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General, Ajman Tourism Development Department; Bastien Blanc, Managing Director, IHG Hotels & Resorts KSA; Marc Descrozaille, COO, Accor Hotels, India, Middle East & Africa; Dinky Puri, CEO Eagle Wing Group; Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman of ITIC and former Secretary-General of UNWTO and Gerald Lawless Director ITIC and WTTC Ambassador just to name a few, will share their much sought-after insights during the in-person summit on the 19th May at the ATM Global Stage. The summit will be moderated by Sameer Hashmi of BBC World News and Manus Cranny of Bloomberg.


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