Future of aviation tops the agenda at ATM Virtual

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Updated 14 May 2020

Future of aviation tops the agenda at ATM Virtual

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has confirmed aviation industry veteran Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airlines, and Jozsef Varadi, CEO of budget airline Wizz Air, will speak at the inaugural ATM Virtual, which takes place from June 1 to 3.

According to the latest analysis from the International Air Travel Association (IATA), the COVID-19 crisis will see global airline passenger revenues drop by $314 billion in 2020, a 55 percent decrease compared to 2019. In a series of seminars and interviews led by aviation expert John Strickland, director of JLS Consulting, ATM Virtual will look at the measures airlines are undertaking to counteract the direct impact the pandemic is having on their business.

Sir Tim, who has dedicated 35 years to growing Emirates Airlines to become the largest long-haul airline in the world, and in the process has helped transform Dubai into a major global travel hub, will discuss his time spent at the company, and its response and the procedures implemented to deal with the current pandemic. 

The future strategy of Emirates, with a focus on making flying safer through technology implementation, will also be highlighted.

Complementing the lineup of aviation heavyweights is CEO of Wizz Air, Varadi. Thanks to the implementation of new regulations by the airline, Varadi ensured that Wizz Air was able to continue operating during the pandemic. 

A major discussion point during the event will be the opening of Wizz Air’s forthcoming subsidiary in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company, which will further underscore its market position in the budget airline sector. 

Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME, ATM, said: “The airline industry continues to face deteriorating conditions with global airline passenger revenues predicted to fall by over 55 percent in 2020. To address these issues, we have brought together two of the most influential figures in the airline industry to discuss their procedures and strategies for the future.”

In addition to the two speakers, a webinar by Cirium will break down the power of analytics in supporting business performance. Through decades of experience, Cirium has been instrumental in supporting aircraft manufacturers, airports, and airlines, among others, to shape the future of their businesses and support the travel industry.

ATM Virtual is an online travel event taking place across three days that will provide a platform for networking and one-to-one meetings with buyers, and extensive current insights from leading industry professionals, supporting the ATM community and wider travel and tourism industry in rebounding as quickly and efficiently as possible. All main stand holders and sharers will be able to set up 30-minute video meetings with registered buyers, and everyone will have full access to attend all of the live webinars and on-demand content including blogs and roundtables.


STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

Updated 24 November 2020

STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

As part of its partnership with the G20 Saudi Secretariat, STC Group, the digital enabler of the Kingdom’s agenda for the G20 Leaders’ Summit 2020, provided its 5G services to the media center responsible for covering the summit activities. In addition, the Saudi telecom operator supported all sites dedicated for hosting the summit’s virtual meetings, with technologies that enabled digital services throughout all the G20 Summit meetings held under the presidency of the Kingdom.

At the International Media Center, STC set up the “This is Saudi Arabia” platform. Among its aims was the rediscovery of Saudi Arabia through a new perspective, highlighting tourist sites and national heritage in a technologically innovative manner and providing media professionals covering the summit with information on the Kingdom’s touristic offerings.

Majid Al-Qasabi, minister of commerce and investment and acting minister of media, visited STC’s pavilion at the International Media Center, where he was briefed on the telecom giant’s role in supporting the facility and providing technical services to participating media professionals.

Dr. Fahd Al-Tunsi, secretary-general of the G20 Saudi Secretariat, said that he valued the significant role and efforts exerted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its partner — the STC Group — during the Kingdom’s G20 presidency year, adding that such efforts have led to positive results for all stakeholders.  

The company provided more than 11 high-speed sites, covering all areas with wireless networks to serve the digital requirements of the virtual meetings and conferences. In addition, STC provided its logistic and technical services required to ensure the success of this event.   

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser said: “As a digital enabler, we take pride in our cooperation with the G20 Saudi presidency at this important time for the Kingdom, and we look forward to providing all services to enable realizing the objectives of this cooperation during the Saudi G20 presidency year.”

He added that the success of the virtual summit in the Kingdom is “an incentive for us in the telecommunications and information technology sector to move forward in the digital transformation journey of the Kingdom.”

“We are proud of the achievements of our country, and we are keen to implement our strategy in supporting investment infrastructure, as well as offering all smart solutions and all capabilities to keep pace with the national requirements and new global developments,” Al-Nasser added.