UAE delegation praises Los Angeles show

THE 36th Annual International PowWow trade expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Centre recently was a big success according to the UAE trade delegation comprising members of travel and hospitality industries.

By Ilyas Qureshi In Los Angeles

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Published: Fri 14 May 2004, 10:26 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:26 PM

More than 10 members headed by Husain Nalkhanday, area manager Dubai, Northern Emirates and Oman, Etihad Airways, who is the IAC Chair of the international advisory committee of Pow Wow, unanimously spoke about the success of the event.

Said Husain, "The PowWow is the biggest and most professional travel trade show in the US and the UAE's travel service boom and growth offers the potential to be a strong destination as the two countries are very well connected by air services.

"This visit by top outbound tour operators from the UAE will definitely help in promoting the US to the travellers as Emirates is all set to fly there next month and we will also follow suit soon to offer packages in conjuction with Emirates Holidays. In five years time, the US will be a major destination for us."

Sumit Acharya, manager UAE region, Thomas Cook Al Rostamani Travel and Holidays, who missed out on the event last year because of the Iraq War felt that the expo provided a good opportunity to establish contacts with old suppliers and to make contacts with new ones. "The PowWow provided a rare opportunity to check out on better values in terms of prices for the outbound travellers from the UAE especially for the oncoming travel season."

Pradeep Havaldar, manager, OUA Travel Centre, Oman, who was attending the PowWow for the fourth time said, "My first was the Orlando expo in 2000. Since then I have been a regular and can say that the PowWow has grown over the years and this year is important because it's supposed to be the recovery year as the US travel trade is optimistic about the coming times as they see the market gaining momentum."

Deborah D'Souza, manager wholesale accounts, JW Marriott Dubai, said though this was her first PowWow still it turned out to be a very fruitful one as she got to meet a number of new people and the Marriott chain's overseas officials. "I got to learn a lot from my American counterparts and we discussed various issues relating to travel between the US and the UAE and I have been able to convey the requirements of the Middle Eastern traveller to them. Overall, a very positive outing it was," she concluded.

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