Briton Mark Walsh, Reed Travel Exhibitions’ (RTE) Group Exhibition Director, has taken over direction of
the Arabian Travel Market – the premier Pan Arab travel and tourism show which will mark its 14th annual edition in Dubai this May.
Walsh, 44, takes over the ATM reins from Chris Chackal who has left RTE to pursue career opportunities elsewhere.
“Mark has the experience and knowledge to take ATM forward to the next level having spent 12 years with Reed Travel
Exhibitions working across a variety of international travel shows, including World Travel Market,” said Richard
Mortimore, Managing Director, RTE.
ATM is the latest show to join the directional portfolio of Mark Walsh, others include the International Golf Travel
Market, City Break – the European cities’ B2B travel event and CIS Travel Market – the travel and tourism exhibition for
the Commonwealth of Independent States, North West Russia and Baltic markets.
Walsh is no stranger to the Middle East having worked with Kuwait Airways for two years in a marketing role prior to
“My time with Kuwait Airways gave me a knowledgeable insight into the Arabian market and left me with extremely
fond memories of the expansive hospitality for which the region is renowned,” said Walsh.
Arabian Travel Market 2007 will run at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) from May 1-4.
To date the show has confirmed exhibitors from 47 countries including new-to-market participants from Peru and
China. It will also host the regional exhibition debut of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
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