Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will host its very first student conference as part of the four day event.
Career in Travel will feature three interactive seminar sessions including, how to gain a career in the industry; developing tourism skills and employment opportunities in travel & tourism; and how to create a job in the travel and tourism industry.
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.”
The travel and tourism sector will continue to play a vital role in the UAE’s economy, with the number of people employed in the industry to increase from 317,300 in 2016 to 394,000 in 2026, according to a World Travel and Tourism Council report. An increase in new retail, leisure and entertainment offerings will drive this growth over the next eight years.
Following recent reforms and the relaxation of visa regulations, Saudi Arabia is poised to capitalise on these factors as it nurtures a vibrant leisure and entertainment sector, supported by a new generation of hotels. In 2017, travel and tourism generated 613,000 jobs in the Kingdom with this figure expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.5% to 781,000 by 2027.
Press added: “The student conference is a great addition to ATM 2018 and we look forward to welcoming the current crop of travel and tourism students to these important sessions, which we hope will equip them with the skills they need to thrive going forward.”