Research shows that tourism employment in the UAE is expected to grow to 394,000 by 2026 and 781,000 by 2027 in Saudi Arabia. At Arabian Travel Market, the maiden student conference titled ‘Career in travel’ will be hosted as part of its special events lined up for the exhibition.
The two-hour conference, scheduled to take place on April 25 in the Showcase Theatre, will feature three interactive seminar sessions including how to gain a career in the industry, developing tourism skills and employment opportunities in travel and tourism; and how to create a job in the travel and tourism industry.
The tourism sector will continue to play a vital role in UAE’s economy, with the employment in the industry to increase from 317,300 in 2016 to 394,000 in 2026, according to a World Travel and Tourism Council report. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM said, “Career in Travel has been an integral part of WTM London for the last ten years. Following this success, we are proud to introduce the exclusive student conference to ATM 2018. Designed to increase student and graduate opportunities within the travel and tourism sector, the complimentary programme will allow attendees to learn from the sharpest minds in the industry. A line-up of key travel experts will share their invaluable knowledge of the sector, as well as their individual career experiences, while providing advice on how to launch a career in the travel and tourism industry.”
A special panel featuring Alessandro Cabella, General Manager, Jumeirah Group and Abdo Basmaji from Travel Counsellor, will share their experiences while offering advice on the current job market in the region. The second panel will focus on training the next generation of travel, tourism and hospitality graduates and professionals. This session will be moderated by Chris Warren, International Director for Responsible Tourism – Australia and the Middle East.
The third and final session will explore how to create a job in the travel and tourism industry. Hear from Rana Dababneh, Founder, Pomalo Travel and Tourism and Heba Bin Redha, Cofounder, Emirati Kashtas on their experiences and how they went about setting up on their own.