AWTTEArab World Travel and Tourism Exchange
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BEIRUT: Tourism Minister Elie Marouni on Wednesday launched the Arab World Travel and Tourism Exhibition (AWTTE) that is to be held at Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL) from October 16 to 19.
"The organization of AWTTE this year proves the importance of this event and our determination to keep it as a regular activity and bring it back on the agenda of Arab and foreign institutions working in the tourist sector," he said.
Raouf Abu Zaki, chairman of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group, said that AWTTE "is meant to assert Lebanon's future in tourism and confidence in the Lebanese economy's ability to adapt to shocks."
In addition to Middle East Airlines (MEA), the official carrier of AWTTE, airlines registered as exhibitors include Qatar Airways, Jazeera Airways, Air France, Cyprus Airways, Egypt Air, Kuwait Airways, Turkish Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Jordanian and Iran Air.
Tour operators, many from Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Turkey and Syria, will be exhibiting at AWTTE either with their national pavilions or on their own including World of Hospitality, Saad Tours, Barakat Travel, Concord Travel, Aeolos Travel, Amphitrion Holidays, Korona Travel, Louis Tourist Agency, Astro Travel and Timmy Travel.