Commenting after the opening ceremony, Al Mansoori commented, “The Hotel Show 2011 is an important event because in the Gulf especially, we need to encourage the tourism industry, and focus on the manufacturing division which will lead to a push in consumerism. Tourism currently contributes 7% to the UAE’s GDP, but within the next 5 years we forecast that will increase up to 10%.”
During the official tour, Al Mansoori visited the Samsung Electronics stand, where the Korean company was launching new series of TVs, LFD monitors, notebooks, tablets and domestic appliances for the hospitality industry.
Over at the Etisalat stand His Excellency was briefed about its new e-Hospitality services that offer a combination of voice PRI, internet dedicated access and Etisalat TV services.
Underscoring the sheer size of the region’s hotel development projects, Frederique Maurell, Exhibition Director, The Hotel Show 2011, said, “The regional hotel development pipeline from design to completion is worth over $6bn. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the GCC countries are investing $185bn in transport infrastructure over the next decade. The knock-on benefits for the hotel sector will be substantial.”
Now in its twelfth year, The Hotel Show opens today (Tuesday 17 May) at the Dubai World Trade Centre until Thursday, with technology and sustainability taking the lead.
Sustainability is also high on the agenda this year. Italian company Technogym has designed a treadmill that uses 40% less energy than conventional ones, highlighting the savings potential throughout any property.
The Hotel Show covers over 22,000 square metres of exhibition floor space, showcasing the latest products, services and technologies from all aspects of the hospitality and leisure sector. The event has a distinctive international feel this year with 418 exhibitors representing 45 countries are showcasing more than 500 products.
UAE-based Etisalat one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world has agreed to be this year’s headline technology sponsor.
The official platinum sponsor is Al Aqili Furnishings. The Dubai Government – Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has also entered into an agreement with dmg:events in Dubai the organisers of The Hotel Show to become strategic partners for this year’s hospitality showcase.
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