Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2018, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, will open its doors for the tenth consecutive year, with the 2018 edition in Riyadh on April 10-13.
The 4-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 2018 edition will be the largest on record with an increase in both the number of exhibitors and expected visitor arrivals. More than 270 exhibitors will be present representing more than 50 countries. Over 50 national and regional pavilions will have a prominent presence with the show floor space also increased by 10% compared to the 2017 event.
"Last year the Riyadh Travel Fair featured 270 exhibitors with visitor attendance at 27,329. That was an increase of 30% compared to the 2016 edition. This year will continue our year-on-year growth as exhibitors hit over 270 and expected visitors numbers over 30,000," said Bander Al Gryni General Manager ASAS Exhibitions – organizer of Riyadh Travel Fair.
Al Gryni added: "Year after year, we have seen a consistent positive growth on the number of participants, exhibitors and attendees at RTF. 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 public looking for in-depth destination information and special deals. Visitors to the 2018 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 (Strategic Partner), Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority (Platinum Sponsor), Indonesia Tourism (Diamond Sponsor), Al-Riyadh Travel & Tourism (Gold Sponsors), Czech Republic Tourism (Silver Sponsor).
National pavilions confirmed to attend include those from Bahrain, Egypt, Poland, S. Korea, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Jordan, Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Netherlands, Sweden, Nordics, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Mauritius.
Exhibitors from Asia, Oceania, Europe and North Africa will also be present, along with hotels, airlines, travel agencies, online booking sites, car rentals and tourism companies.