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Awaiting the Right Atmosphere…

Awaiting the Right Atmosphere… ( The Arab World Travel and Tourism Exchange (AWTTE 2007) postponed until the presidential elections are over. Based on the keenness to show the best of what Lebanon can offer both as a platform for regional tourism as well as one of the top travel destinations, the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism and Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group, AWTTE organizers, decided to postpone the annual event, which was due to be held on December 6-9.

Sponsored by the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (Idal), Middle East Airlines (MEA) as Official Carrier, Rotana Hotels as Host Hotel and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism as Guest Country, AWTTE 2007 had also registered 14 national pavilions. These pavilions included their national airlines, hotels and tour operators. Furthermore, Over 100 hosted buyers and press from different continents of the world were scheduled to travel to Beirut and experience the unique offerings of AWTTE exhibitors.

However, the changes in the dates of the presidential elections in Lebanon urged postponing this year's exhibition awaiting the right atmosphere to celebrate the ever-festive Lebanon.

Appreciating the support and enthusiasm expressed by first time participants as well as usual exhibiting national pavilions, private companies, local and international Hotels, Tour Operators, Media Channels, Hosted Buyers, Trade Visitors and Hosted Press, the organizers wish to thank everyone for their trust and aspirations.

As the hopes of the worldwide travel industry and the Lebanese public, AWTTE 2008 will include all those who have registered for this year and more. The new dates will be announced shortly, the come back will be stronger, amended and inevitable!


Brief: The Arab World Travel and Tourism Exchange (AWTTE) is an annual travel exhibition organized by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism and Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group in cooperation with Middle East Airlines. This year AWTTE was scheduled to take place at BIEL Center in Beirut on December 6-9, 2007.

AWTTE showcases the latest travel products to public and trade visitor audience in Lebanon and the Middle East. It is a unique experience offering networking channels between exhibitors and buyers in a friendly and social environment.

Previous Edition Highlights:
1) Exhibiting Space: 1,718 sqm
2) Exhibiting companies: 105
3) Visitors in last edition: 6,700 (Trade 48% and Public 45%)
4) National Pavilions: 13

About the Organizers:
The Lebanese Ministry of Tourism mission is to enhance the promotion of tourism in different sectors and to encourage investments in the country in order to make Lebanon a first class tourism destination in the Middle East.

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group is a leading publishing and conferencing organizer in the MENA region, holding over 15 regional and country-specific conferences and exhibitions designed to join private companies and policy makers to promote regional development.

In addition to the Group’s flagship magazine, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal, the Group’s member companies also publish Middle East Travel, Al Hasnaa and Al Defaiya magazines.

Dana Kaddouh, Project Coordinator Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal group Tel: 009611780200 Fax: 009611780206 E-mail: Website:

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