Dubai: Dubai Tourism claimed the ‘Best Stand for Doing Business’ at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2018 Best Stand Awards. Recognised for creating a busy B2B atmosphere, Dubai Tourism boasted a well-planned and easily navigable layout with a good presentation of their stand and its services.

The hotly anticipated winners of this year’s awards were announced at a photo-call on the show floor on April 24. Launched in 2015, the Best Stand Awards were created to recognise the design creativity and business-friendly appeal of exhibiting companies’ physical presence at ATM.

The judging panel comprised a line-up of top industry and design professionals: Leo Fewtrell, Managing Partner, Gulf Reps; Nicholas Hall, CEO & Founder, SE1 Media; Pippa Jacks, Group Editor, TTG Media Ltd. and Matt Gibson, Travel Blogger, Writer and Photographer.

On Dubai Tourism’s winning stand, Matt Gibson, said: “It was an exceptionally good business stand with an effective and efficient set-up. One of the few stands to boast a triple-decker layout, Dubai Tourism attracted huge number of visitors throughout the event. Everyone working on the stand was incredibly welcoming and hospitable and the whole approach and attitude really captured the ideas of Dubai and what it has to offer as an emirate.”

Best Stand Design

The judging criteria for the Best Stand Design award focused on identifying an eye-catching stand with a creative design that made the best use of available space and attracted a high level of visitor traffic. And Lebanon’s stand ticked all the boxes. Pippa Jacks, said: “I was very impressed, the stand really stood out and presented a welcoming and homely feature. The stand featured a huge front door, with staircase which led to a well-laid out meeting space. It was a subtle, yet intelligent, way to showcase the country.”

Best Stand Personnel

The award for Best Stand Personnel is an especially important accolade considering hospitality is a people business. “The staff of SAUDIA were excellent,” said Leo Fewtrell. “From the executive team and welcome hosts to pilots and airline staff, they were all a great representation of the brand and although the stand was very busy, they were welcoming, highly professional and very keen to demonstrate all amenities from first class through to economy.”

Best Stand Feature

The Best Stand Feature accolade was awarded to the stand that created the biggest impact and most creative ways of drawing in visitors, and they didn’t come more eye-catching than Turkey. Jacks said: “Not only did the Turkey stand have a great atmosphere surrounding it but it also featured lots of little interesting elements from urban marbling and a huge trojan statue to an ice cream stall and to round it off a group of traditional musicians, singers and dancers.”

Best Stand within the Travel Tech Show

The Best Stand within the Travel Tech Show at ATM specifically highlights the importance of technology to the industry. Nicholas Hall said: “Travelport have done a great job with their stand and what I really liked was the creative way they used their space. The best feature for me was the five different coloured printers on the wall which automatically printed out photos tweeted by visitors to the stand. As well as meeting and workshop space, the stand also featured various charging stations.”

The winners will be put to the public vote on the ATM Facebook account, for the chance of walking away with the People’s Choice Award. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, Arabian Travel Market, said: “The fresh, innovative stand designs and concepts never cease to amaze and this year was no exception. These awards recognise the huge effort, investment and thought that go into creating and manning quality exhibitor space.”