Tuesday 23, February 2016

Riyadh – MENA Herald: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s largest travel trade event showcases more than 250 exhibitors, national pavilions and seminars set to welcome an anticipated 20,000 visitors.

Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2016, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, will open its doors for the eighth consecutive year, with the 2016 edition to be located at the Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh from 12th – 15th April 2016. The four day event will become the focus of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions, ministerial discussions and the recognition of twelve months of the tourism industry’s achievements.

The 2016 edition will be the largest on record with an increase in both the number of exhibitors and expected visitor arrivals. More than 250 exhibitors will be representing more than 55 countries. Over 50 national and regional pavilions will have a prominent presence with the show floor space which is also increased by 11% compared to the 2015 event.

“Last year the Riyadh Travel Fair featured 219 exhibitors with visitor attendance at 17,573. That was an increase of 15% compared to the 2014 edition. This year will continue our year-on-year growth as exhibitors hit over 250 and expected visitors numbers over 20,000,” said Mr. Bander’ Al Gryni General Manager ASAS Exhibitions – organizer of Riyadh Travel Fair.

Al Gryni continued: “With Saudi nationals increasingly travelling both domestically and overseas, the opportunities that the Riyadh Travel Fair provides for domestic and overseas destinations, hospitality service providers and other tourism related businesses, to directly meet with the kingdom’s leading travel professionals and travellers has never been more significant.”

The Riyadh Travel Fair is open to both travel professionals and the general public looking for in-depth destination information and special deals. Visitors to the 2016 edition will be able to interact directly with various tourism authorities, hotels, airlines and travel agents from around the world. The Arabian Gulf region will have a strong presence at the fair including pavilions sponsored by; Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cultural Authority, Qatar Tourism Authority, Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Oman Tourism. National pavilions confirmed to attend include those of: Austria,Hungary,Jordan, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia ,Bursa and Korea, to name just a few.

Exhibitors from Asia, Oceania, Europe and North Africa will also be present, along with hotels, airlines, travel agencies, online booking sites, and car rental companies such as Rotana, Lufthansa, Al Riyadh Travel and Tourism, MATATO, TravZilla, Dollar Rent A Car, Fursan Travel, and Flyin , to name a few.

Riyadh Travel Fair is organized by ASAS Exhibition and Conference Organizing company under the sponsorship of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority & Qatar Tourism Authority as (Strategic Partner), Sharjah Tourism (Diamond Sponsor), Al Riyadh Travel and Tourism (Gold Sponsor), Fujairah Tourism and Antiques & Flyin.com (Silver Sponsor)