Hotel Show Dubai 2015: the opening
His Highness Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation, CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group and Chairman of Dubai World, opened The Hotel Show and The Leisure Show at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The hospitality trade event, which ran for three days from Monday 29th until September 30th , attracted over 18,000 professionals from the hospitality and leisure industry and focused on technology. It showcased 1,000s global brands, providing tools to build, operate and maintain hotels and leisure facilities representing the full scope of how technology can be implemented in hotels to enhance the guest experience.
Over 600 exhibitors from 45 countries have attended the three-day event, now in its 16th edition, showcasing their products, services and solutions, according to the show’s organizers, DMG events. The exhibitors operate in sectors like technology and security, hotel services, interiors and design, and operating equipment and supplies, among others.
In terms of conferences, there was a new Technology and Security Summit, TecSec, with a keynote by NEC Global and talks from other major tech brands like Google, Cisco, and Sabre.
The Vision Conference, meanwhile, attracted more than 80 international speakers, and offered insights and trends in hospitality. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), provided the keynote speech opening The Hotel Show’s Vision Conference for 2015. He said: “The Hotel Show is one of the most important annual events in our calendar at Dubai Tourism and has played a significant part in driving the hospitality sector by bringing hoteliers together, facilitating partnerships, improving market analysis and understanding, and ensuring alignment with Dubai’s overall tourism vision. The hotel sector in general is the backbone of Dubai’s tourism industry, and it is the caliber of the emirate’s accommodation offerings that has helped shape the high standards and reputation that Dubai enjoys and is known for. Hotels and hospitality have a great part to play in realizing Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020, which aims to welcome 20 million visitors per year by the start of the next decade. Dubai welcomed 13.2 million international overnight visitors in 2014, so while much progress has already been made, there is still much to achieve. Together, facilitated by the Hotel Show, we can reach and exceed our goals, and drive success and prosperity within the tourism industry as whole.”
Hotel Show Dubai 2015: technology as a focus
The 120 tech brands exhibited motorized luggage trolley, hidden LED HDTV’s in mirrors, state-of-the-art multi-room surround-sound music, and 3D cinema rooms, among other solutions. This is the reflection of Dubai’s status as a leader in hospitality and innovation.
A Design Theatre took place for the first time in this edition of the show. At the theatre, architects and designers shared their insights with hospitality professionals from across the region. The Design Theatre, by leading Italian architects WT Studio, featured ‘Hotel as Opera by Simone Micheli’, an Italian architect renowned globally for futuristic hotel designs, plus a host of other names in international design.
The Leisure Show’s The Hub opened with Dubai Sports Council and followed with Technogym, Yas Waterworld, Fluidra Middle East and others with presentations and workshops on sports and fitness, pools, spas and theme parks in the region.
The first ‘motorized luggage trolley’ and ‘full body dryer’ in the market were launched from companies from Belgium and Spain. One of the leading global interiors and contracting companies for hotel interiors and The Hotel Show’s Interiors Partner for 2015, S&T, unveiled a new brand and a unique design and build fit-out concept with an official unveiling on the second day of the event.
At The Leisure Show, US-based Big Ass Fans rolled out a 24-carat-gold fan for the first time, priced at US $14,995. REPs UAE has launched new fitness programs. X-Golf showed its state-of-the-art golf simulator systems to the Middle East and is offered prizes to visitors who managed to hit a ball “closest to the pin”.
Hotel Show Dubai 2015: revenues
The UAE’s hospitality sector is growing. Annual revenues of UAE hotels are forecast to rise to $10.9 billion (Dh40 billion) in 2019, nearly doubling from 2013’s $5.9 billion, data from consultancy Euromonitor International. This year, hotel revenues are expected to reach $7.3 billion.
Visitor attraction revenues are also forecast to double from $521 million in 2013 to over $1.2 billion by 2019. It is estimated to touch $638 million in the current year.
“Euromonitor International’s new report reveals that the UAE is leading the Middle East and North Africa for hotel room revenues, with over three times the amount recorded and forecast for Saudi Arabia and Egypt who follow,” said Christine Davidson, Group Event Director at DMG events, in a statement.
The UAE is the market leader in the Middle East and North Africa in terms of hotel room revenues, with over three times the amount recorded for Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Dubai is seeing an increase in hotel room supply. It is expected to see 28,000 hotel rooms by 2018, according to a statement from the organizers, citing data from real estate consultancy JLL.
Hotel Show Dubai 2015: Astrea Mideast DMCC and Sva Group together fot the 3rd year
SVA Group and Astrea Mideast DMCC continues their strong partnership for the third year in a row leading, as the only qualified trust company, the Italian realities present at the event.
The 21mq- Made in Italy furniture- stand was totally dedicated to the partnership, to the presentation of the company and the services, with particular focus on the internationalization process.
Corporate set-up, bank services, real estate, marketing and communication, these are just few of the services provided by the partnership and points of great interests from local contacts.