The Middle East hospitality industry is being developed as an all-round tourist attraction catering to a range of travel needs. Hotels increasingly provide upgraded retail offerings to enhance guest experiences by integrating franchised food and consumer retail outlets as well as franchised wellness and recreation facilities. Travel related retail sales in the Middle East is forecasted to increase from US$ 3.2 billion in 2011 to US$ 5.6 billion in 2016, outperforming the broader retail industry in terms of growth. Key driving factors include, availability of strong and experienced franchise partners, strong consumer confidence as well as hosting shopping festivals and large scale events such as EXPO 2020 in Dubai and the World Cup in Qatar.
“As always The Vision Conference had good panelists. I was looking for insight on security and technology within the hospitality industry and found it very informative and well organised.”
“One of the best shows around the world showcasing everything including lighting and interiors. Having a single platform for the entire hospitality industry helps to keep us updated, get new ideas and find new innovations.”
“This is my first visit to the show; we have hotel projects ongoing in South Africa and have found the products we came for. I have successfully sourced several companies for quotes and over all I think the show is great.”
“This is our first time at The Hotel Show and we have been able to meet, connect and collaborate with brand owners. Overall it was a good show for us this year.”
"I was at The Hotel Show looking for the latest in cleaning technology and found the show very useful, productive and definitely informative."