The 2018 edition will be the biggest one so far, with an increase in both the number of exhibitors and visitors.
About 270 exhibitors representing more than 50 countries will take part, and more than 50 national and regional pavilions will share the floor; space has also increased by 10 per cent compared with the 2017 event.
“Last year the RTF featured 270 exhibitors with visitor attendance at 27,329,” said Bander Al Gryni, General Manager ASAS Exhibitions — RTF organiser. “That was an increase of 30 per cent compared with the 2016 edition. This year, we will continue our year-on-year growth as exhibitors cross the 270 mark, and expected number of visitors goes beyond 30,000.”
The RTF is open to both travel professionals and the general public looking for in-depth destination information and special deals. Visitors to the 2018 edition will be able to interact directly with tourism authorities, hotels, airlines and travel agents from around the world.
The Arabian Gulf region, and a few other countries, will have a strong presence at the fair, including pavilions sponsored by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, Indonesia Tourism, Al Riyadh Travel and Tourism, and Czech Republic Tourism.
National pavilions that have confirmed attendance include those of Egypt, Bahrain, Poland, South Korea, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Jordan, Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Holland, Sweden, Nordics, Spain, Norway, Denmark and Mauritius.
Exhibitors from Asia, Oceania, Europe and North Africa will also be present, along with hotels, airlines, travel agencies, online booking sites, car rental and tourism companies.