Philatelic society to honor 82

Updated 16 September 2014
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Philatelic society to honor 82

The Saudi Philatelic & Numismatics Society (SPNS) marked its 50th anniversary at its headquarters in the Saudi capital on Saturday and announced that it will honor 82 individuals and newspapers for their support.
“They will be honored in fitting ceremonies during the celebration of the Saudi National Day on Sept. 23 at the King Fahd Cultural Center,” Usamah M. Al-Kurdi, SPNS chairman, said. The awarding ceremony will be attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja.
Al-Kurdi added that the founders of the society of 50 years will also be honored. “There are 30 names on the list and we’re searching for others,” he said.
One of the founding members, Abdalla Ibrahim Almukrin, now 80 years old, attended the 50th founding anniversary celebration. Almukrin, who used to work at the post office, is also a member of the Voice of America Stamp Club.
Al-Kurdi added that the society’s board members for the last 50 years and those currently serving on the board will also be honored as a token of gratitude for their service to the society.
Al-Kurdi said that a new show entitled “Bank notes and stamp collectors,” will be held during the Saudi National Day celebration. “We hope to organize two lectures — one on bank notes and the other on Saudi stamps,” he said.
The SPNS is scheduled to honor participants, Saudis and non-Saudis who received medals from the organizers of international exhibitions including the Federation of Stamp Collectors and the Asian Federation of Stamp Collectors, on Sept. 24.
Al-Kurdi said that the SPNS aims to create a good environment where hobbyists can meet for various activities related to stamp collection, bank notes and old coins.
“We have a lot of these activities in SPNS’s branches in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Dammam, Al-Ahsa and Jazan in addition to the headquarters in the Saudi capital,” he said. He added that as part of its strategy, SPNS has weekly gatherings for members, a separate one for female members and a third for numismatics collectors.
Al-Kurdi added that SPNS also gives attention to the development of the members’ capabilities and that there are various activities in this regard. One activity is organizing local events for professional collectors, another for beginners and still another for the young hobbyists or enthusiasts. Al-Kurdi added that the different kinds of activities for collectors of stamps, coins and bank notes are rated at three levels. The Society was founded by Ibrahim Milibary in 1964. The original founders were A. Katooah, H. Nori, Sadiq Jamal, H. Abbas, Ismael Attar, Hassan Qari, Faisal Ajhori, Ibrahim Tabil, Omar Bukhar, Ismael Shafi, Turki Khokair, and Mohammad Safdar.


Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

Updated 3 min 34 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

JEDDAH: Tourism chiefs been taking part in a major five-day Saudi campaign to help promote Indonesia as a top international holiday destination.
More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year.
From Feb. 11-15, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has been working with its Consulate General in Jeddah to run a series of events in the Kingdom in a bid to boost the country’s tourist attractions.
Seventeen agencies representing Indonesia’s hotel, airline and travel industries participated in a business get-together with local Saudi tour operators, and around 70 prominent media figures were invited to the Pullman Hotel in Jeddah for a day of briefings on key Indonesian visitor destinations.
The last three days of the promotional program saw the Tourism Ministry and officials from top local destinations, take part in the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX), held at the Hilton Hotel.
Indonesia was one of the main sponsors of the event which has now been running for nine years.
Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the consul-general of Indonesia in Jeddah, said numerous innovative promotional breakthroughs had been made toward attracting more Saudi tourists to his country.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.
Garuda, the national airline of Indonesia, has helped with the running of familiarization trips for journalists to several tourist hotspots, and other initiatives have seen free Indonesian language courses being offered to Saudis and expatriates.
R. Sigit Witjaksono, the director of tourism marketing for South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, said Indonesia aimed to play host to 20 million visitors from throughout the world during 2019.
He noted that Indonesia welcomed 165,862 Saudi visitors in 2018, the highest total of any country in the Middle East.
As well as its natural delights, Indonesia is Islam-friendly, having thousands of mosques and offering products which are Shariah-compliant.