Travel catering in the Middle East on a high growth trajectory

first_imgTravel catering in the Middle East on a high growth trajectoryGlobal travel catering players will get an opportunity to tap into the tremendous business opportunities in the Middle East, which is witnessing a massive increase in the number of air travelers alongwith expansion of airports and airline fleets, at the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo Middle East 2016 (WTCEME), to be held from May 9-11, 2016, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.Co-located with the 16th edition of Airport Show and the 4th Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF), WTCEME provides a dedicated platform for global travel catering industry players to network and showcase a wide range of products, services, solutions and technology.The newly branded WCTEME expects over 1,500 trade visitors this year from all the major airlines, airports and related aviation catering businesses in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region.The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and is supported by Emirates Flight Catering, Food Point, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Airports.The Middle East region commands a big chunk in the global travel catering market, estimated at $15 billion and expected to increase to $17.6 billion by 2020.With the Middle East’s airlines expected to carry more than 400 million passengers by 2020, in comparison to 144 million in 2012, the region’s travel catering requirements as well as the products, services and solutions are set to witness a major growth to cater to the rising number of passengers. The region has been witnessing new projects, massive expansion in the aviation sector and an increased focus on tourism, which will further drive the demand for travel catering.WTCEME will enable travel catering market players to tap this high-potential region whose share in the global travel catering market has been fast rising above the global average growth of five per cent due to massive expansion of airports and airline networks.Daniyal Qureshi, Event Director of Travel Catering Expo, said: “There is a massive growth in airline activity in the region triggered by rising passenger numbers and initiatives to boost tourism, which will create a significant growth in the region’s travel catering requirements. In line with the growth in this industry segment, WTCEME is designed to reflect the tremendous opportunities for global suppliers in the region as well as provide a dedicated platform for regional authorities to view and procure the best solutions from around the world under one roof.”Exhibitors at WCTEME will also benefit from access to over 7,500 trade visitors who attend the Airport Show and GALF. World Travel Catering & Onboard Services ExpoSource = World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expolast_img

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