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22386 18 May 2021

ATM 2021: China Gearing Up for International Travel

International travel from China back to pre-Covid levels by 2023

  • 86 foreign and 19 Chinese airlines flying to 55 countries - 294 roundtrip flights to China every week
  • Bahrain tourism minister joined panel discussion
  • China Summit took place on opening day of Arabian Travel Market 2021

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Addressing delegates atArabian Travel Market 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dr Adam Wu, CEO, CBN Traveland MICE, which has offices in Beijing and London, said that China was ready for international travel - it has already opened its borders to 36 European and 13 Asian countries.

Dr Wu was speaking via video link during a conference panel session on the opening day of the show (16 May) and confirmed that according to China's civil aviation administration, a total of 105 airlines including 19 Chinese carriers, are now flying to 55 different countries, culminating in 294 round trip flights per week.

About marketing to Chinese consumers, Dr Wu recommended, "Chinese speaking staff, a Chinese language website and post regularly on Chinese social media platforms such as DouYin (TikTok), (which as of Q1 2020 had over 800 million active users)," he commented.

Furthermore, during a China-focused study on both traffic and shopper insights, Swiss research agencym1nd-setfound that due to Chinas robust consumer confidence and relentless desire to travel,2021 will mark the beginning of a robust return to growth for the retail travel sectorand should witnessan increase of more than 200% in international departures during the yearto reach around 30 million international departures.

China is due to reach itspre-Covid levels in 2023, when outbound traffic is forecast to reach 88 million following 108% growth in 2022 and a further 44% in 2023. The number of Chinese visitors travelling to Dubai, rose year-on-year by 15.5% to 989,000 tourists in 2019 and should be one of the M.E regions first destinations to benefit from an overall increase in Chinas appetite for overseas leisure travel.

Another panelist, H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism for the Kingdom of Bahrain and Chairman of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, revealed that it was a part of Bahrain's international strategy to encourage more inbound tourists from China.

"Our initial strategy was to concentrate on local and regional travel first and then focus on international travel. At the end of 2019 we were ready and committed to start a campaign to bring Chinese visitors to Bahrain. We were planning a direct flight with Gulf Air, but then the pandemic hit and all of our plans were put on hold. China remains a priority," he said.

Other panelists included Helen Shapovalova, Founder, Pan Ukraine, Sumathi Ramanathan, Vice President, Market Strategyand Sales at Expo 2020 Dubai, Alma Au Yeung Corporate Director Strategic Projects and Partnerships, Emaar and Mr Wang, Managing Director, High Way Traveland Tourism.

Earlier in the day, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and Founder of the Emirates Group and chairman of Dubai World, officially inaugurated the show, marking the start of the 28th edition of the Middle Easts largest travel and tourism exhibition.

Running through until Wednesday 19 May at the Dubai World Trade Centre, this years event has 1,300 exhibitors from 62 countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, the Maldives, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and the US, underscoring the strength of ATMs reach.

ATM 2021's show theme is appropriately 'A New Dawn for TravelAnd Tourism' and spread across nine halls.

This year, for the first time in ATM history, a new hybrid format will mean a virtual ATM running a week later, from 24-26 May, to complement and reach a wider audience than ever before. ATM Virtual, which made its debut last year, proved to be a resounding success attracting 12,000 online attendees from 140 countries.

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If you are planning to attend ATM in-person, please feel free to post using the hashtags #ImGoingtoATM and #IdeasArriveHere

To register for ATM 2021, go to https://www.wtm.com/atm/en-gb/enquire.html

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About Arabian Travel Market (ATM)

Arabian Travel Market (ATM), now on its 28th year, continues to be the focal point for the Middle Easts resilient and ever-changing travel and tourism landscape and prides itself on being the hub of all travel and tourism ideas, providing a platform to discuss insights on the ever-changing industry, share innovations and unlock endless business opportunities. Arabian Travel Market is part of Arabian Travel Week. www.wtm.com/atm/en-gb.html #IdeasArriveHere

Next in-person event: Sunday 16 to Wednesday 19 May 2021, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai

Next virtual event: Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 May 2021

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About Arabian Travel Week

Arabian Travel Week is a festival of events taking place within and alongside Arabian Travel Market 2021. It includes ATM Virtual,Arival Dubai, The ATM Influencers day, the Digital Influencer Speed Networking and Travel Forward a new travel tech and hospitality innovation event launching this year. It also features the ATM Buyer Forums,ATM Speed Networking Events, the International Travel Investment Conference (ITIC) Summit, Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) forum, as well as the Saudi and China Summits. Providing a renewed focus for the Middle Easts travel and tourism sector, Arabian Travel Week will take place in Dubai from Sunday 16th to Thursday 26th May 2021. www.wtm.com/arabian-travel-week/en-gb.html

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About Reed Exhibitions Global

Reed Exhibitions is a leading global events business. It combines face-to-face with data and digital tools to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 400 events in 22 countries across 43 industry sectors, attracting more than 7 million participants.Our events leverage industry expertise, large data sets and technology to enable our customers to connect face-to-face or digitally and generate billions of dollars of revenues for the economic development of local markets and national economies around the world.Reed Exhibitions is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics for professional and business customers.www.reedexhibitions.com

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About RELX

RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The Group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs over 33,000 people, of whom almost half are in North America. The shares of RELX PLC, the parent company, are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX. The market capitalisation is approximately33bn,39bn,$47bn.*

*Note: Current market capitalisation can be found athttp://www.relx.com/investors

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About World Travel Market

World Travel Market(WTM) Portfolio comprises leading travel events, online portals and virtual platforms across four continents, generating more than $7.5 billion of industry deals. The events are:

WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend three-day exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry. Around 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media visit ExCeL London every November, generating over 3.71 billion in travel industry contracts.

Next event: Monday 1 November to 3 November 2021 at ExCel London

http://london.wtm.com/

WTM Virtual,is the WTM Portfolio virtual platform, created to offer global delegates the chance to arrange one-to-one virtual meetings, to do business, attend conference sessions and roundtables, take part in speed networking and more. WTM Virtual embrace the global leading travel shows in one platform.

WTM Latin Americaattracts around 19,000 participants 11,586 unique. The trade show, which takes place in So Paulo, has a worldwide audience that meets to establish the direction of the travel industry. The event is recognised for attracting a high level of professionals from the segment, including buyers and travel agents. It also offers programmes with qualified content and plenty of opportunities for networking and generating business that is relevant to the travel industry.

Next event: Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 August 2021 Expo Center Norte, So Paulo http://latinamerica.wtm.com/

WTM Africalaunched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.More than 6,000travel industry professionals attend Africas leading inbound and outbound travel and tourism market. WTM Africa delivers a proven mix of hosted buyers, media, pre-scheduled appointments, on-site networking, evening functions and invited travel trade visitors.

Next event: Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 April 2021 Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Townhttp://africa.wtm.com/