2016 edition of Riyadh Travel Fair set to be the largest on record

Riyadh Travel Fair expected to be largest yet
Riyadh Travel Fair expected to be largest yet

One of KSA’s largest travel trade events, Riyadh Travel Fair will showcase more than 250 exhibitors, national pavilions and seminars set to welcome an anticipated 20,000 visitors.

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

This year’s event 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 per cent compared to the 2015 event.

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

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, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the 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, among others.