Bartlett highlights major gains in the Arab travel market

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett (right) poses with tourism industry officials at the annual Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. (Photo: JTB)

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett insists his recent tour of Dubai, United Arab Emirates will result in one of the most positive results for the Jamaican tourism product in recent times.

Bartlett and a team from the Jamaica Tourist Board traveled to Dubai for the Arabian Travel Market and held high-level talks with travel industry giants located in the Arab region.

Travel between Jamaica and the Middle East, which was high on the agenda of most discussions, also culminated in the announcement that Emirates, the largest airline in the coastal countries of Gulf, now facilitates, through multiple gateways in the United States and one in Italy, direct booking of flights within the extensive Emirates network and international airports Sangster in Montego Bay and Norman Manley in Kingston.

Jamaica Tourism Board (JTB) delegates welcome tourism industry professionals to the Jamaica booth on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 during the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai. (Photo: JTB)

Bartlett and Tourism Director Donovan White cemented the arrangements after talks with Emirates Group Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, as well as a number of meetings with Emirates’ operational teams.

“It’s a really impressive start to opening up and building gateways to Asia and North Africa via the Middle East. I think Jamaica is going to benefit greatly from the flow of visitors coming through this region into Jamaica and the Caribbean in general,” Bartlett said. “Overall, it was a great engagement that helped to do business between the Jamaican stakeholders, who were in attendance, and the operators and travel agents of the region.”

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett (left) and Jamaica Tourism Board Director of Tourism Donovan White take part in day two activities of the annual Arabian Travel Market in Dubai from 9 to May 12, 2022. (Photo: JTB)

Jamaica’s participation in the Arab travel market enables the country to maintain a competitive edge in the UAE and neighboring countries and also enhance active participation in relevant regional and international events to maintain top of mind status. of Jamaica as a global player. leader in tourism.

Over 23,000 visitors attended the 29th edition of the Arabian Travel Market 2022 as industry leaders gathered at the Dubai World Trade Center to share their ideas on the future of international travel and tourism.

“Additionally, doubling our number of visitors year on year, Arabian Travel Market 2022 welcomed 1,500 exhibitors and attendees from 150 countries,” commented Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Manager for the event. “These numbers are particularly impressive given the still ongoing lockdowns in China and other destinations. Moreover, the development of the travel and tourism sector in the Middle East region shows no signs of slowing down, with hotel construction contracts in the Gulf Coast countries expected to increase by 16% this year alone.

Willie R. Golden