Regional tourism has high growth potential, according to the World Bank, and is especially strong in the GCC. The industry growth is projected to increase from US$19.2bn in 2011 to US$28.3bn by 2016, according to a report from investment bank Alpen Capital.
With the projected growth, guests are also increasingly connected, as 65% of global travelers take their smartphones and 54% take their computers with them, according to a recent survey from VISA. This growing technological trend and latest innovations within the hospitality industry will be discussed at The Hotel Show 2013. The event is scheduled to be held from 28-30 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Alifiya Sura, Omnix International, said: “We’ve seen a tremendous increase in the demand from the hospitality and tourism sector in the MENA region upgrading their IT infrastructure. The sector is enhancing their IT systems in order to integrate services with guests’ own mobile devices.”
Further as Roman Kirisits, CEO and Owner, at-Visions, explains: “Guests in the MENA region are among the most tech-savviest in the world. Hotels need to upgrade their technology now, in order to anticipate rise in guests bringing smart devices with them in the future.”
The Hotel Show will also feature the Vision Conference, which will be held over three days. The conference will discuss latest trends and technologies in the MENA region.