Connect Indian Ocean & Middle East

Our popular Connect Indian Ocean & Middle East event is back with a host of NEW suppliers coming to Chester, Leeds, Edinburgh and London.

Join us in May to learn about two of the most luxurious and in-demand regions.

Whether you have clients looking for the ultimate twin-centre or are interested in creating a unique stopover experience, we have plenty to inspire a trip of a lifetime.

Suppliers include LUX Collective, Adaaran Resorts – Maldives, Seychelles Tourism/Denis Island, Sunlife, Rotana Hotels&Resorts, Abercrombie & Kent, Fushifaru Maldives, Angsana Velavaru, Banyan, Dhawa, Ozen, Sunset Faraway Holidays, Jordan Tourism Board, Dubai Holding Entertainment, Gulf Air and more…

The evening will consist of catching up over refreshments, speed dating with suppliers, a panel Q&A and a prize draw with some amazing prizes up for grabs.

Chester – May 13

The Chester Grosvenor,
Eastgate St,
Chester CH1 1LT
6pm – 9.00pm

Leeds – May 14

Crowne Plaza Leeds,
Wellington St,
Leeds LS1 4DL
6pm – 9.00pm

Edinburgh May 15

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre,
34 Bread St,
Edinburgh EH3 9AF

London May 16

Hyatt Regency London Stratford,
10a, Chestnut Plaza,
Westfield Stratford City,
London E20 1GL

Places are limited so RSVP as soon as possible to secure a spot.

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Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent is a luxury travel company that has established itself as a global leader in providing exceptional travel experiences. Founded in 1962 by Geoffrey Kent and his parents, A&K has become synonymous with luxury, adventure, and personalized service. 

Abercrombie & Kent operates in numerous countries worldwide, offering a wide range of meticulously crafted itineraries and bespoke travel services. The company caters to discerning travelers who seek unique and immersive experiences, combining luxury with authentic cultural encounters. 

A&K’s strength lies in its attention to detail and commitment to excellence. They have a team of knowledgeable travel experts who possess a deep understanding of destinations and cultures, allowing them to curate extraordinary journeys that cater to the specific interests and preferences of their clients. 

Whether it’s a tailor-made private safari in Africa, an expedition to Antarctica, a cultural exploration in Asia, or a luxury cruise around the world, Abercrombie & Kent ensures that every aspect of the travel experience is meticulously planned and executed. From luxury accommodations and private transportation to expert guides and exclusive access to attractions, they strive to exceed expectations at every turn.


Adaaran Resorts – Maldives
(Chester, Leeds, London only)

Adaaran is a chain of 4 superb Maldivian island resorts.  Ranging from budget all-inclusive to premium all-inclusive, there really is something for all.   

The ‘lead in’ resort Adaaran Club Rannalhi is typically Maldivian in style, nestled on a small private island at the tip of the South Male atoll. Its unique location offers pristine beaches, excellent scuba diving and is just 45 minutes by speedboat from the Male.

Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi is a larger island set over 83 acres of lush tropical beach, on Lhohifushi Island. This popular 5 includes 5 restaurants, 4 bars and an abundance of activities.  Located just 30 minutes by speedboat from Male.  

Adaaran Select Meedhupparu is an idyllic retreat for those seeking a relaxing escape.  Set in the tranquil northerly Raa Atoll, this renowned resort has 4 restaurants, 4 bars and covers 43 acres of tropical greenery, sweeping white sand beaches and superb house reef.  45 minutes by seaplane from Male.  

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is the 5* island in the group and is only 15 minutes by speedboat from Male, in the South Malé Atoll. This lovely boutique sized resort consists of 50 water villas and wonderful food/ beverage choices.

Contact: Jonathan Wilkins/ Director Business Development – UK, Ireland, Belgium & Netherlands
Lea Abbassi / Account Executive – Select Representation

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Air Mauritius
(Chester Only)

Air Mauritius is the only Airline to offer a daily, direct, nonstop service from London Gatwick to Mauritius using the latest state-of-the-art aircraft.

Departing daily in the early evening providing overnight flights in both directions onboard our new

 Airbus A350 or A330 NEO aircraft with an average fleet age of less than 5 years.

Air Mauritius offers a two-class configuration. Our Lie flat Business Class seats with every seat having direct access to an aisle in a 1-2-1 configuration allows plenty of personal space to relax and enjoy the flight. Saviour the amazing Mauritius Cuisine onboard, accompanied by world class wines and of course the true Mauritian Hospitality from our flight crew.

With generous Leg room in Economy class, choices of menus, hours on inflight entertainment this will make the flight to Mauritius a pleasurable experience.

Start your Holiday to Mauritius as soon as your step onboard your Air Mauritius flight,

Our Island in the Sky!

Contact: Allan Owen. Country Sales Manager UK


Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Dhawa Ihuru & Angsana Velavaru

Contact: Claire Hutson, Sales & Commercial Manager, Cara Hotel Marketing    

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(London Only)

COLOURS OF OBLU is a unique and vivid collection of resorts. Our destinations present a curated selection of diverse experiences that bring the magical beauty and big-hearted hospitality of the Maldives alive. There is something truly special for everyone, appealing to audiences from all walks of life in search of exotic corners, pristine beaches, and pure escapism.

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Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives – A short seaplane ride from Male, our all-inclusive resort in the Maldives features luxurious villas amidst lush vegetation and the alluring Indian Ocean. The interiors feature contemporary Maldivian accents, overlooking crystal-clear waters underneath which a magical world of coral reefs awaits exploration.

VARU by Atmosphere – A naturally Maldivian escape which is a 40-minute speedboat ride away from Male lies this truly Maldivian experience, blending cultural elements with contemporary elegance and bursts of chic tropical vibes.

RAAYA by Atmosphere – A 40-minute seaplane ride from Male is our newest addition to the brand. Nestled in the heart of powdery white beaches & crystal-clear waters of Maldives, RAAYA invites you to immerse in lush tropical forests and unravel the legend of Seb, an adventurer and artist marooned on this island.

Contact: Gill Hacket

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Denis Private Island / Carana Beach Hotel / Indian Ocean Lodge – Seychelles
(Chester, Leeds and Edinburgh only)

Denis Private Island – Denis Island is a living, breathing island community, for those who believe giving back to nature is the only way to receive its bounty in return.

It’s a place where you can bathe along beaches renowned the world over for their pristine beauty, snorkel in a sea turtle sanctuary, spot some of the rarest birds on earth, and go sport-fishing at the edge of a continental ocean drop-off…and all of that in a single day.

You won’t find a signal for your mobile phone when you arrive. There is no in-room internet. No cable television. This is for you to unplug from digital distraction and reconnect to the loved ones you hold dear, and to the earth that you share with them.

On Denis, you’ll re-discover a forgotten mode of luxury: one of real food and real people, immersed in nature on one of the most secluded islands in the world.

With sister Seychelles properties – Carana Beach Hotel offering a four star boutique experience on Mahe, the largest island in the Seychelles and Indian Ocean Lodge and newly renovated four star property which will reopen on 1st July on Praslin, the second largest island in Seychelles.

Contact: Kay Jackson (Chester and Leeds)

Contact: Ian Griffiths (Edinburgh)



Dubai Holding Entertainment is one the largest diversified entertainment groups in the region. It develops, operates and manages some of Dubai’s most iconic attractions and family destinations, creating exceptional experiences, attracting millions of visitors each year, making every visit a story worth sharing. The portfolio includes Global Village, the UAE and wider region’s leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment; Dubai Parks™ and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest theme park, comprising of MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the region, LEGOLAND® Dubai Theme Park, LEGOLAND® Water Park, and the region’s only LEGO® themed LEGOLAND® Hotel together with RIVERLAND™ Dubai, a themed food and dining hub that connects the entire destination and Real Madrid World theme park coming soon. Coca-Cola Arena, one of the region’s largest multipurpose indoor arenas; Wild Wadi Waterpark™, Dubai’s original family-friendly waterpark, with views of Dubai’s iconic landmark, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah; Roxy Cinemas, offering a premium cinema experience across six locations in Dubai including Roxy Xtreme, the largest screen in Middle East and North Africa; The Green Planet Dubai, the Middle East’s only indoor tropical rainforest with an outdoor Nature Park located in City Walk, Dubai; Ain Dubai, the largest and tallest observation wheel in the world.

Contact:  Georgina Wixley


Gulf Air
(chester only)

Contact: Nadia Spita


JA RESORTS & HOTELS (chester only)

Established in 1981, JA Resorts & Hotels, a prominent UAE brand, is renowned for managing award-winning resorts and hotels. Originating from the esteemed Jebel Ali (JA) Beach Hotel, the brand’s legacy is deeply rooted in excellence. Presently, JA Resorts & Hotels boasts a portfolio of 9 distinctive properties across the UAE and Indian Ocean, each dedicated to curating unique experiences and creating unforgettable memories.

In the UAE, guests have a plethora of options, including the expansive JA The Resort, Dubai’s largest experience resort sprawling over 1 million square meters. It comprises three distinct hotels: the acclaimed JA Beach Hotel, JA Palm Tree Court, and JA Lakeview Hotel. Boasting 800 meters of private beachfront, 25 distinct award-winning restaurants and bars, and over 40 tailored experiences – including a world-class nine-hole golf course, a fully equipped equestrian centre, a splash park for families, and its shooting club – the resort blends historically heartfelt hospitality with the iconic modern comforts expected in a city like Dubai.

Additionally, the five-star JA Ocean View Hotel, a vibrant and stylish property nestled along ‘The Walk’ in Jumeirah Beach Residence, offers another alluring choice. Unlike other hotels along this beachfront, every single one of the property’s 346 rooms is fitted with an outdoor balcony, offering clear and sweeping sea views.

For tropical retreats, JA Manafaru invites guests to its luxurious island resort nestled in the pristine, lagoon-ringed Haa Alifu Atoll at the northern tip of the Maldives. Blending the privacy of a remote escape with the luxury of five-star service and comfort, the 35-acre private island combines Maldivian culture, tradition, and nature with the promise of a truly authentic, all-inclusive barefoot luxury experience.

Contact: Gill Shannon Marketing Representative UK


Jordan Tourism Board
(london only)

The Jordan Tourism Board is dedicated to marketing strategies to brand, position and promote Jordan’s tourism product as the preferred travel destination in global markets. Adopting strategies reflect the true image of the Jordanian tourism product, being a cultural, natural, religious, adventure, leisure and MICE destination.

Contact: Lizette Castillo-Nunez- UK Trade & Marketing Manager


Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

As the fastest growing Emirate and destination of the future, Ras Al Khaimah offers a wealth of new experiences across its mountain, desert and beach landscapes, waiting to be discovered.

An oasis of nature and tranquility, this magical emirate offers a stunning array of landscapes. It has 64km of mesmerizing coastline – from white sandy beaches to lush green mangroves, creeks and lagoons. Marvel at endless views of terracotta desert sand, explore spectacular mountain regions and discover authentic Emirati culture.

Inland, there are plenty of other leisure opportunities, from golf and authentic desert camp experiences to mountain adventure – including the world’s longest zip line.

But what really sets Ras Al Khaimah apart is the warmth of the Arabian welcome that awaits you. Enjoy genuine Emirati hospitality, world class cuisine and extraordinary comfort. The emirate offers everything from international resorts to exclusive boutique hotels and spas. Ras Al Khaimah is a place where you can enjoy royal treatment and outstanding value for money.

Contact: Emma Charlesworth, Market Manager UK & Ireland

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Rotana – At the heart of life

At Rotana, we believe time well spent, is a life well lived.
This enduring thought is at the heart of every experience we promise when you stay with us.
Our distinct collection of brands include Rotana Hotels & Resorts. Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana. Centro Hotels, Resorts and Hotel Apartments by Rotana. Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana. Edge by Rotana and The Residences by Rotana.
Transform moments into memorable experiences as we present a collection of diverse destinations, ideal for every journey.
Treasured time. Our promise to you.

Contact: Anthony Vale Key Account Director – Leisure – UK, Ireland & Scandinavia


RIU Hotels & Resorts (Chester only)

The international RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family’s third generation.

The company specialises in 4 and 5 star holiday resorts and over 75% of its establishments offer its acclaimed All Inclusive by RIU service. With the inauguration of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU is expanding its range of products with its own line of city hotels called Riu Plaza, designed and located for both business and leisure travel.

RIU Hotels & Resorts now has 97 hotels worldwide in 21 countries.

RIU’s Palace and Classic beach hotels offer something for everyone whether it be for families, couples, adults only or groups and can cater for all occasions.

You can register to join our highly acclaimed trade concession programme RIU Partner Club which offers many exclusive benefits and offers to our travel partners.

Register your RIU bookings to get points that can be redeemed for free stays for you and your points never expire! Access special rates, exclusive promotions, receive regular news and updates, access to trade tools in our Brand Center and more.

We have a UK based Trade Sales Team providing essential support. |

Contact: Maria Battersby, Business Development Manager, UK & Ireland

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Tourism Seychelles
(chester, leeds and edinburgh only)

The Seychelles archipelago is 115 islands scattered across the western Indian Ocean, 115 islands of pristine beauty unaltered since the dawn of time.  Islands where magnificent granite boulders amongst the oldest on Earth, flank powder-soft beaches often rated among the most beautiful on the planet. It is a token of the richness of its amazing ecosystems that Seychelles has not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage sites:  the legendary Vallée de Mai and Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll.  

With its exceptional climate, temperatures average 29°C all year round, Seychelles is ideal for island-hopping.  Discovering them is like discovering the members of a majestic, ancient family, each with its own personality and history.  Together they form another world, one of calm, harmony and sublime beauty that offers a wide range of accommodation from luxurious five-star hotels to enchanting beachside bungalows. 

Seychelles is the perfect place to do everything or absolutely nothing.  It is the perfect destination for relaxing to the soothing rhythms of nature or choosing one of the many types of more energetic, sports-oriented holidays on offer.  If diving, sailing, fishing, island-hopping or ecotourism is your thing, the islands have what you need. 

Contact: Karen Confait – Director Marketing 


(Chester, Edinburgh and London only)

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(leeds and Edinburgh only)

Made up of four luxury hotels in Mauritius: five-star Sugar Beach, five-star Long Beach, four-star La Pirogue, and four-star Ambre, along with private island Ile aux Cerfs, home to the world-famous golf course, Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, Sunlife has undertaken a transformation across its whole portfolio. With a carefully defined Vision, Purpose and Values the Sunlife rebrand is more than skin deep, breathing new life not just into the resorts but across the entire organisation. 

The renowned hotel group has carved out a reputation as one of the leading hospitality brands in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean. The rebrand, spearheaded in partnership with specialist agency, Luxury Branding recognises the importance of the company’s history and heritage. With Sunlife, the rebrand has taken the familiar ‘Sun’ element representing the long-established, trusted brand and added the element of ‘life’ embodying the new energy and lifestyle.

Contact: Lisa Balsom- Director of Sales & Marketing UK, Ireland & Scandinavia