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Third Arab Aviation and Media Summit will assess impact of aviation and tourism on economic growth

WAM Muscat, June 3rd, 2013 (WAM): The Third edition of the Arab Aviation and Media Summit will be held from 25 to 27, June 2013, in Shalala, Sultanate of Oman.

Organized by Air Arabia in partnership with Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, Airbus, CNBC Arabia and CFM, the Arab Aviation and Media Summit 2013 is themed, �Aviation and Tourism: Enabler of Economic Growth.’ In addition to assessing the impact of aviation and tourism on regional economic growth, the Summit in its third year will focus on discussing and debating the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry in the wider Arab world.

The two-day event will be featuring high profile panel of speakers and a wide network of editors and media representatives from across the Arab world together debating Arab Aviation and Tourism.

Maitha Al Mahrouqi, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Oman, said: “The Sultanate of Oman offers a lot when it comes to Travel and Tourism. Hosting the 2013 Arab Aviation ‘&’ Media Summit in Salalah is a great example to the commitment we place in developing the tourism sector in our country. We are glad to join hands with our fellow partners and together bring one of the remarkable Summits that will serve as a timely platform for dialogue and the exchange of ideas between two important stakeholders – industry participants and media.” This year’s Summit will bring together an array of international and regional industry experts, as well as media representatives from across the region to exchange ideas and strategies to address the challenges faced by the sector. Last year, the event drew more than 150 participants that took place in Sharjah.

Mr. Adel A. Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: “The Arab world’s aviation and tourism industry has over the years demonstrated its significance to the economic growth. Underscored by job creation and bilateral trade, the sector will continue to be regarded as a catalyst for economic activities in the decades to come, however, the industry still withhold many great opportunities for growth. We are confident that, by joining hands with Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, Airbus and fellow partners, the Summit is uniquely positioned to meet the most pressing needs, in addition to capture future opportunities in this key sector”.