THE tourism sector is becoming increasingly important in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) in terms of investment, job creation, competitiveness and quality.
Many Mena countries perceive tourism as the best long-term alternative to the oil industry on which the region has been heavily dependent.
Working initially with colleagues from Libya, Egypt and Oman, researchers in the Welsh School of Hospitality, Tourism and leisure management have established the Middle East and North African Tourism Research Centre (Menatrec) to act as a catalyst and umbrellas for tourism research and development for the region. Menatrec will focus on tourism development issues in the Mena and is proposed as a driving force to maximise the benefits of the tourism industry whilst preserving the region’s unique culture and identity.
According to Dr Eleri Jones, Director of MENATREC and head of Welsh School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure management at the university of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Menatrec will provide a vehicle for institutional collaboration and capacity building in relation to tourism research and will enable tourism researchers to network and collaborate in bidding for contract research projects.
TTN is the most established trade publication in the Middle East distributed on a controlled circulation basis to members of the travel and tourism industry.
Published monthly by Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group, the region’s foremost trade publisher, TTN is aimed at professionals in the industry, from travel agents to airline and hotel personnel.
TTN provides in-depth and extensive coverage of relevant issues in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in other parts of the world. Travel related news, analysis, and new appointments together with information on up-coming exhibitions, marketing and promotional campaigns are presented in an innovative and striking colour tabloid.
Every issue also contains a collation of international and regional news and topical features of interest to readers.