PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart

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The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 (ATRTCM)
is Asia Pacific’s leading travel trade event dedicated to the adventure travel industry.

The three-day event comprises of a one-day travel trade mart and one-day conference, along with other value-added activities that facilitate networking and relationship building. With past events held in Thimphu, Bhutan, Chiang Rai, Thailand, and Luoyang, China, the event’s choice of host destination reflects the growing importance of dispersing tourists to emerging destinations. ATRTCM 2018 is kindly hosted by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi.

 

ONE-DAY TRAVEL MART

Through pre-matched appointments, meet face-to-face with adventure product buyers and sellers from across the world including state, regional and local tourism agencies from established and emerging markets, unique accommodation providers and tour operators.

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Explore the nuances, trends and dynamics of one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors. The programme brings together international experts at the forefront of the adventure travel industry from both private and public sectors to discuss the sector’s issues and opportunities.

 

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Join us on February 21-23 in the historic city of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
to drive forward the rapidly-growing adventure travel industry at ATRTCM 2018

Register today!

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CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Aloft Al Ain and Ayla Hotels & Resorts Al Ain are the Official Hotels for
PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018.
Hotel information is now available at the link below.

All rooms are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Please book immediately or no later than February 9, 2018.

OFFICIAL HOTEL INFORMATION

Transfers

ARRIVAL:
Airport Transfers on February 20-21 (Tuesday-Wednesday) from Abu Dhabi International Airport to ATRTCM2018 official hotels. The shuttle will operate every 2 hours from Abu Dhabi International airport to the official hotels and the waiting time may vary on different period but maximum at 2 hours.

DEPARTURE:
Airport Transfers on February 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday) from the official hotels to Abu Dhabi International Airport. The shuttle will operate every 2 hours from the official hotels to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Please note: Transfers between Abu Dhabi International Airport to official hotels in Al Ain take approx. 2 hours.

All self-paying delegates arriving AUH on these dates are requested to submit flight details ONLINE at ATRTCM2018 Delegate flight – Airport Transfer on FEBRUARY 8.

Upon arrival at AUH, delegates can contact the ATRTCM2018 Arrival Service Desk at AUH arrival lounge. PATA and the ATRTCM2018 host cannot guarantee arrival transfer without receiving flight information from the delegates or if sending after the deadline.

Please contact the ATRTCM2018 HOSPITALITY DESK located in Aloft Al Ain to arrange your departure transfer and reconfirm pick up arrangement with the ATRTCM2018 transfer staff upon your arrival at the conference venue, Aloft Al Ain.

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Air Discounts

We are pleased to inform that Etihad Airways has extended a special discount to all PATA delegates up to 15% discount on economy tickets on the Etihad Airways operated online network in Economy class; and 30% discount on Business class tickets for all USA sectors. Delegates will be able to take advantage of these special prices when they book their travel arrangements through a dedicated email address, ATRTCM2018@etihad.ae

Visas

For ATRTCM 2018 Conference & Mart, non-hosted delegates can apply online via https://www.etihad.com/en/before-you-fly/visas/ This website will allow guests flying on Etihad Airways and other airlines to apply and pay for a visa online.

Citizens of the following countries will be granted a free of charge Entry Visit visa upon arrival in the UAE:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City and GCC Nationals.

It is recommended that delegates of all other countries apply for a 14-day entry permit visa prior to arrival in Abu Dhabi.

Country Profile

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) comprises seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The country is a member of the Arab Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), an economic grouping that also includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Spread over 87,340 square kilometres, Abu Dhabi is the largest of the Emirates, accounting for more than 85% of the country’s total landmass. The city of Abu Dhabi is the capital both of the emirate and of the country. It is the federal seat of government and home to most of the ministries and institutions, embassies, state broadcasting facilities and oil companies. The second city is Al Ain and, as the birthplace of the late Sheikh Zayed, has special status. The population of Abu Dhabi emirate is currently around 1.6 million and as well as having an estimated 9% of the world’s proven oil reserves and 4% of its total proven natural gas reserves, is now also a bustling business and tourism hub offering a range of attractions, hotels and resorts, and facilities for leisure and recreation. The temperate climate and the mystique of an Arabian adventure combine to make a visit to Abu Dhabi an irresistible choice.

About Al Ain

The name Al Ain means spring and is very apt as the city is fed by natural springs originating in the rocky heights which surround it. Al Ain was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from the UAE to Oman. Al Ain is known as the Garden

Al Ain is known as the Garden City and is renowned for its oases, parks and gardens. Vast plantation of Palm trees, lush gardens and landscaping add to the beauty of the city, and there are more than 70 parks equipped with leisure and entertainment facilities. In addition, there are many tourist attractions such as forts and museums, wildlife parks and archaeological sites, festivals and sports events, green areas such as Green Mubazzarah at the foot of city’s striking landmark Jebel Hafeet, as well as the spectacular sand dunes and the Hajar Mountains just outside Al Ain. The fertile soil of the area’s five oases have attracted human settlements since ancient times. These oases have been important destinations throughout history for traders’ caravans crossing the desert to buy and sell water, dates and other agricultural products. Visitors can experience an authentic taste of Arabian Culture and Heritage.

Getting there

The United Arab Emirates enjoys an unrivalled location at the crossroads of east and west with three world-class airports including Abu Dhabi International Airport, serving over 82 million passengers last year, flying directly to over 260 destinations in Europe (4 hrs), Asia (6 hrs), Africa (7 hrs), Australia (11 hrs), North America (13 hrs), and South America (14 hrs).

Culture

Archaeological discoveries suggest that fishing communities were living on the coast in this region thousands of years ago. Once a leading exporter of pearls, Abu Dhabi gradually turned into a major trading centre and, by the end of the 19th century, it gained a reputation for its souks on the coast. The discovery of oil in 1958 had a dramatic effect on the economy of the region, bringing the prosperity that is evident today. Modern Abu Dhabi brings together old world charm and cosmopolitan chic in a clean and safe environment. It offers a distinctive blend of east and west that appeals to all types of visitors – whether seeking the adventure of a cultural experience, an action-packed holiday or simply a relaxing escape.

Dress code

Smart casual is the official dress code during ATRTCM business sessions.

Lightweight clothing is suitable most of the year, while in winter something slightly warmer may be needed, especially in the evenings. Air conditioning in hotels, shopping centres and cinemas can be extreme, so take a sweater or jacket. Good quality sunglasses and a hat or other protection for the head are also strongly advised. Although the attitude towards dress is fairly liberal in the UAE, Al Ain is a little more conservative than the bigger cities, with the rural areas outside the city being even more so. It is especially recommended to dress more conservatively during Ramadan.

Language

Although Arabic is the official language in the UAE, English is widely spoken. Most business transactions in Abu Dhabi are conducted in English.

Religion

Islam is the official religion of the UAE and is widely practised. The Islamic holy day is Friday. Muslims are required to pray (facing Makkah) five times a day. The times vary according to the position of the sun when the modern day call to prayer is transmitted through loudspeakers on mosque minarets.

The UAE Constitution provides for freedom of religion in accordance with established customs. Abu Dhabi is tolerant of other religions with people being free to practice their religious beliefs, so long as they do not interfere with Islam. Non-Muslims can get an insight into Islam through complimentary guided tours of the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – one of the world’s largest. The tours run at different times during the week.

Time

The UAE is four hours ahead of UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time – formerly known as GMT) and there is no daylight saving. Hence, when it is 12.00 midday in Abu Dhabi, it is 3am in New York, 8am in London, 10 am in Johannesburg, 1.30pm in New Delhi, and 6pm in Sydney (not allowing for any summertime saving in those countries).

Weather

Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Sunny blue skies and high temperatures can be expected most of the year. Rainfall is sporadic, falling mainly in winter (November to March) and averaging 12 cms per year in most of the emirate. Rain is more common in the ‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain, the emirate’s second largest city, due to its proximity to the Hajar mountains.

Temperatures range from a low of around 13C (50F) on a winter’s night to a high of around 42C (118F) on a summer’s day. The cooler months, November to April, are the most pleasant time to visit when temperatures are around 24C (75F) during the day and 13C (56F) at night.

Currency

The local currency is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs) which is divided into 100 fils and is pegged against the US $ (US$ 1: AED 3.6725).

Credit Cards

Most shopshotels and restaurants in Abu Dhabi accept major credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). It is prudent to confirm acceptance of credit card or debit card payments with staff especially if there is no visible signage indicating acceptance of credit card payment at the store premises or the till/counter.

Telephone

The country code for Abu Dhabi is +971. To call a landline number in Abu Dhabi from a foreign country, dial: 00 (IAC-International Access Code) + 971 + (Al Ain city code is 3) + phone number. To dial a foreign number from Al Ain you will have to dial one of the prefix numbers before you dial the country code. The International prefix numbers are 00.

Electricity

Abu Dhabi’s electricity supply is 220/240 volts at 50 Hz. Square three-pin sockets are standard. It is advisable to bring a plug adapter with you, though most hotels can supply adapters for other kinds of plug and they can be bought locally.

Visa

For ATRTCM 2018 Conference & Mart, non-hosted delegates can apply online via https://www.etihad.com/en/before-you-fly/visas/ This website will allow guests flying on Etihad Airways and other airlines to apply and pay for a visa online.

Citizens of the following countries will be granted a free of charge Entry Visit visa upon arrival in the UAE:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City and GCC Nationals.

It is recommended that delegates of all other countries apply for a 14-day entry permit visa prior to arrival in Abu Dhabi.

ATRTCM 2018: Complimentary Half-Day Al Ain City Tour
Date: February 21 or 24, 2018 (Same programme)
Time: 0830-1230hrs (No lunch)
Duration: 4 hours

Al Ain, the traditional seat of the Sheikhs is perhaps the most traditional of the main cities in the UAE. It is here that the desert life is best demonstrated. With a true series of oases, there is evidence that habitation in this glorious corner of the world has continued for millennia.

A visit to the Al Ain National Museum and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum is a must, as is a trip to the camel race track and the livestock market. The wealth of culture to be found in this formerly vital desert trading centre includes bazaars that date back to the 18th century. Discover the beauty of local nature in a date palm grove with the ancient ‘falaj’ – irrigation system and watch the bargaining at the camel market.

Following this, we will head to Jebel Hafeet, the great mountain that enjoys a remarkable location that overlooks the beauty of Al Ain city. Explore the healing waters of the Hot Springs situated at the foot of the mountain, which is found abundantly in this area.

Tour booking deadline: February 12, 2018

Click here to RSVP.


ATRTCM 2018: Self-paying Tours

Self-paying tours for Abu Dhabi and Dubai are available.

All sellers, buyers, media and conference delegates who would like to join the tour, please contact or email our local agent directly as per contact details provided in the tour program.

H.E. Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri
Executive Director, Tourism Sector
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Abu Dhabi Welcome Speech

Norie Quintos
Editor at Large, National Geographic Travel
and independent communications consultant
Keynote Address

Willde Ng
Founder
40urs
Plenary Session 1: Partnership for a New Era

Simon Goldschmidt
Chief Commercial Officer
Orbital Systems
Plenary Session 1: Partnership for a New Era
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Michael Youngblood
Co-Founder
Unsettled
Plenary Session 2: New Operators for a New Era
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Nishchal Dua
Founder/CEO
Remote Life
Plenary Session 2: New Operators for a New Era
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Shannon Guihan
Director
Bannikin Travel & Tourism
Plenary Session 3: The Middle Eastern Adventure Traveller
Closing Address
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Manal Saad Kelig
Co-founder
GWE Companies
Plenary Session 3: The Middle Eastern Adventure Traveller

Ahmed Samra
Product Development Manager
Wild Guanabana
Plenary Session 3: The Middle Eastern Adventure Traveller

Richard Devadasan
General Manager – Business Development
Royal Arabian Destination Management
Plenary Session 3: The Middle Eastern Adventure Traveller

Jesse Desjardins
Director
fwNATION

Plenary Session 4: Micro Moments: The secret to always winning in an era of Facebook and Instagram
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Ali Mokdad
Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Creative Animals Content Creators
Plenary Session 4: Micro Moments: The secret to always winning in an era of Facebook and Instagram
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Dr Mario Hardy
Chief Executive Officer
PATA
Plenary Session 5: Stimulating Innovation in a New Era

Karma Lotey
CEO
Yangphel Adventure Travel® & Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel®
Plenary Session 5: Stimulating Innovation in a New Era

Achiraya Thamparipattra
CEO & Co-Founder
HiveSters
Plenary Session 5: Stimulating Innovation in a New Era
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Elaheh Peyman Granov
Senior Project Manager
Wonderful Copenhagen
Plenary Session 6: Localhood: The end of tourism
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Paul Pruangkarn
Director – Communications & Marketing
PATA
Master Of Ceremonies
Facilitator

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