Arabian Travel Market has posted a rise in visitors for this year’s show, according to its unaudited figures. Participant numbers for 2011 were up more than 10% year-on-year at 24,300, increasing from 21,900 in 2010. While more than 2,200 exhibiting companies comprised a total exhibition net floorspace of almost 20,000 square metres. “Arabian Travel Market is an effective barometer for the health of the regional travel and tourism sector. Notwithstanding our hugely popular seminar and conference programme, dedicated cruise and medical pavilions, the numbers and feedback comments echo the underlying confidence throughout the industry and the wave of optimism going forward,” said Mark Walsh, group exhibition director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, organiser of Arabian Travel Market 2011.