Debut Arabian Travel Market Virtual gets underway

The travel and tourism industry in the Middle East, like in the rest of the world, has been severely impacted due to the pandemic, and the online event aims to support and guide this sector during these challenging times, while providing business and networking opportunities to the entire community.
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Updated 03 June 2020

Debut Arabian Travel Market Virtual gets underway

Travel trade professionals from across the world have gathered online for the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Virtual, a newly launched three-day event for the region’s tourism community.

The debut event, which runs from June 1 to 3, focuses on emerging trends, opportunities, and the challenges which are directly impacting the travel and tourism industry amid the COVID-19 global health pandemic.

Over the course of three days, ATM Virtual will feature comprehensive webinars, live conference sessions, round tables, speed networking events, and one-to-one meetings, as well as facilitating new connections and offering a wide range of online business opportunities.

Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), said: “Our debut event not only underscores ATM’s mission to support and guide the region’s vast travel and tourism industry during and beyond COVID-19, but it also demonstrates our commitment to delivering positive business and networking opportunities to the entire community, during even the most challenging times.

“With up to four live high-level sessions each day, industry experts will address a range of topics including a road map to recovery, tourism strategies for the future, the hotel landscape in a post-COVID-19 world, and the resilience of the travel industry, as well as exploring the ‘new normal’ that lies ahead, emerging travel technology and sustainability trends.”

In the opening session “A Conversation with Sir Tim Clark,” the president of Emirates Airline spoke to John Strickland about his time at the airline, its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its plans for the future, as well as unveiling Emirates strategy, including planned fleet and network changes.

Another key event that took place on the first day was “OTAs and Distribution for Tours and Attractions Post-COVID,” hosted by Arival, a global research authority on the tours, activities and attractions sector.

The highlight of the second day was a live webinar “Bouncing Back: Tourism Strategies for the Future,” which saw industry experts including Fahd Hamidaddin, chief of investment, strategy and tourism marketing for the Ministry of Tourism Saudi Arabia, and Keith Tan, CEO, Singapore Tourism, discuss how the long-term tourism development strategies implemented by the region’s governments will become a catalyst for recovery when travel patterns adjust to the “new norm.”

Hamidaddin said: “As global travel restrictions ease, our focus is on ensuring that Saudi Arabia is ready to welcome visitors as soon as they are ready to travel. We are collaborating across the public and private sectors, to safeguard the well-being of visitors, while continuing to invest in high quality tourism experiences. Saudi Arabia offers endless appeal to the modern traveler. We are optimistic about the future of tourism in the Kingdom and we remain committed to our long-term targets.”


Hyundai donates 24 vehicles to Saudi Red Crescent

Updated 20 October 2020

Hyundai donates 24 vehicles to Saudi Red Crescent

Hyundai Motor Company is supporting the Saudi Red Crescent Authority’s (SRCA) ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing 20 fully equipped ambulances and four support vehicles of the Hyundai H-1 model. The automaker aims to assist the frontline workers and public during these unprecedented times by offering the H-1 ambulances to seamlessly transport the health care professionals, the elderly and others.

The contribution is part of Hyundai’s commitment to giving back to the community and supporting the SRCA’s remarkable work in addressing the spread of the coronavirus in Saudi Arabia.

Hyundai is working hand-in-hand with its authorized distributors in the Kingdom — Al-Wallan Trading Company, Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Company and Almajdouie Motors — to align its efforts with the government’s directives to deal with the situation.

Hyundai’s distributors will work closely with the official authorities in Saudi Arabia to deliver the vehicles directly to the SRCA.

Bang Sun Jeong, vice president and head of Middle East and Africa operations at Hyundai, said: “Caring for humanity has always been at the heart of Hyundai’s vision. We did not hesitate in taking this initiative with Hyundai distributors in the Kingdom during these challenging times, and we are proud of their association with the Saudi Red Crescent Authority in the fight against this pandemic.

“This contribution is another step in the direction of making a positive difference in the Saudi community and we believe by strengthening the relationships between the private and public sectors, it will benefit the Saudi Red Crescent Authority and help support members of the community across the Kingdom.”

He added: “We sincerely hope our efforts contribute toward making a difference in this fight, and we believe if we stay together, we can overcome anything. We hope this pandemic can soon come to an end and we can help people get back to their daily lives.”

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company offers a range of vehicles and mobility services in more than 200 countries. Hyundai Motor sold more than 4.4 million vehicles globally in 2019, and currently employs some 120,000 personnel worldwide. The company is enhancing its product lineup with vehicles designed to help usher in a more sustainable future, while offering innovative solutions to real-world mobility challenges.