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  • Croatia, Malta, Spain, Slovenia, Kyoto Japan and others forge business partnerships to increase outbound travel from the Middle East –   


AVIAREPS, the global leader and expert in developing outbound tourismaviation and hospitality demand and spend, with a portfolio of more than 100 airlines and 150 travel and tourism clients worldwide, successfully completed its annual travel industry roadshow know as the AVIAREPS Middle East Travel Caravan, whereby various international tourism boards, hotels and tour operators participated in the invitation-only event to promote their tourism products to the outbound tourism leaders located in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Now in its fourth year, the 2018 edition saw a number of new destinations and entities keen to develop their awareness and connection to the Gulf Countries markets participate for the first time, including:  the Croatia National Tourism Board as Gold Sponsor, Malta Tourism Authority, LOTTE Hotels & Resorts, and Swarovski Kristallwelten. Other entities making a return appearance included: Tour Spain, Slovenia Tourist Board, Kyoto City Tourism Association, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Turkish Airlines, airBaltic and Europcar.

The AVIAREPS Middle East Travel Caravan visited Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain from October 15th – 17th, 2018, with the UAE leg, encompassing Dubai and Abu Dhabi on November 12th – 13th, 2018.

Says Karla Bronobić Vojvodić, Acting Head of Study Tours Department: “The Croatian National Tourist Board, along with our delegation partners representing city tourism boards and leading tour operators, joined the AVIAREPS Middle East Roadshow UAE leg for the first time as Gold Sponsor in order to generate greater awareness of Croatia’s unique attractions and offerings as a leisure and business travel destination for visitors from the UAE. As part of our ongoing efforts to reach out, broaden and strengthen the connections between the UAE’s outbound travel professionals and Croatia’s travel industry partners, the event proved a great opportunity and success to meet with the right people that we believe will lead to the further development of new joint business opportunities, the creation of new holiday packages for UAE residents, and going forward, increased visitation from the market to Croatia.”

Joining the Croatian delegation were representatives from the Zagreb Tourist Board & Convention Bureau, Dubrovnik & Neretva County Tourist Board, Abacus Tours, and Amthus Travel.

The AVIAREPS Middle East Travel Caravan is a calendar of travel industry networking events that brings together some of the world’s leading destination, aviation and tourism brands under one roof with opportunities for the partners to meet directly with the region’s leading travel agents and travel industry decision makers.

Says Glenn Johnston, General Manager, AVIAREPS: “It’s encouraging to not only see the number of destinations and participants growing year on year, but also how our co-participants and regional travel trade partners both support and appreciate the format for delivering constructive business leads and network development. The AVIAREPS Middle East Travel Caravan has proven an excellent vehicle for delivering the AVIAREPS promising of ‘Growing Your Business’, and we look forward to growing the roadshows in 2019!.”

The AVIAREPS Road Show is a non-destination specific exclusive travel and tourism industry event, that it is open to the participation of all national, regional, and city tourism promotion boards, airlines, hotels, travel service companies and tour operators seeking to meet with the leading outbound tourism decision makers of the Middle East.

Dates for the 2019 AVIAREPS Travel Caravan have been set as follows:

February 4 – 6, 2019                    Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam/Al Khobar)

October 15 – 17, 2019                Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain

November 12 – 13, 2019            UAE (Dubai & Abu Dhabi)

Those interested in joining as a co-participant or require more information please contact: https://crm.aviarepstourism.com/dub/contact-form-aviareps-dubai