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Sharjah Hospitality Forum focuses on latest travel trends

SHARJAH, November 14, 2018

Understanding millennial travellers and the new budget tourism trend will be the key focus at this year's Sharjah Hospitality Forum (SHF), which opened today at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Center.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, the forum is organised by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) under the theme ‘Trends of Millennials and Budget Tourism,’ which aims to highlight the role of these demographics in shaping and driving the sector’s key trends.

As efforts to further develop the emirate's hospitality sector are being intensified to make it an ideal destination for visitors and tourists, including millennials, from all over the world, the hosting of the event complements the pursuit of the goals set by the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021, which aims to attract more than 10 million tourists to the emirate by the year 2021.

Understanding and catering to the tourism and travel needs of the millennial traveller has become imperative in effectively expanding the tourism and travel industry. In light of these developments, the latest edition of the Hospitality Industry Forum brings together all hotel establishments in Sharjah, stakeholders, real estate investors, local government departments, and tour operators to discuss and explore ways to make the emirate’s tourism and hospitality sector more appealing to budget globetrotters and millennials.

By bringing together leading experts and tourism industry professionals, the fifth Sharjah Hospitality Forum will facilitate the exchange of expertise and knowledge to gain insights that will benefit the future of tourism in the region. During the forum, a series of panel discussions will cover topics ranging from the impact of millennials and the effect of low-cost airlines on the travel and tourism industry among other subjects; the profitability of budget hotels will also be on the agenda.

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman of SCTDA, will also recognise the efforts of the participating panellists for their contributions to the development of innovative solutions addressing the challenges faced by the hospitality industry.

Al Midfa said: “The hosting of the fifth Sharjah Hospitality Forum highlights SCTDA’s keenness to take advantage of market analysis, reports and insights from leading industry experts. We believe that the integration of these findings in our strategy will add significant momentum to the growth of the emirate’s tourism sector, which contributed more than Dh9 billion ($2.4 billion) to the total gross domestic product (GDP) of Dh102.5 billion ($27.9 billion), accounting for 8.8 per cent of the total contribution of tourism and travel sector to the GDP.”

The forum’s speakers this year include global hospitality and tourism experts including Michel Julian, an officer from the United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO); Gheed El Makkaoui, assistant general manager of Careem in the UAE; Mamoun Hmedan, managing director, Wego Middle East, North Africa and India, and Jesse Desjardins, the creator of the Guest Experience Map. - TradeArabia News Service

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