Jeddah travel and tourism exhibition witnesses increase in diversity and activity

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Visitors to the 10th edition of the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX). (AN Photo)
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Visitors to the 10th edition of the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX). (AN Photo)
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Updated 27 February 2020

Jeddah travel and tourism exhibition witnesses increase in diversity and activity

  • Organizer Bandar Khalid: Indonesia made a strong entrance to this exhibition this year, many of the travel booths here are from Indonesia
  • Bandar Khalid: The introduction of the travel visa has made it easier for everyone to attend this exhibition

JEDDAH: The 10th edition of the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX) began on Wednesday in Jeddah. Organizers said that the “increase in the diversity of nationalities attending the event” shows how interest in tourism to and from the Kingdom is increasing. 

Organizer Bandar Khalid, who studies travel, tourism and hospitality management at Jeddah College of Technology, said that what makes this year’s exhibition different is the number of new travel agencies participating. 

“Indonesia made a strong entrance to this exhibition this year, many of the travel booths here are from Indonesia; they are working very hard. It’s a strong year for them and I hope they reach their goal.

“Visitors from different nationalities came to the exhibition, from Turkey, Russia, the Philippines, the US, India, even South Korea,” he added. “It is very different from last year, when there were very few different nationalities. The introduction of the travel visa has made it easier for everyone to attend this exhibition.”

The Kingdom’s recently relaxed visa rules will help to eliminate negative stereotypes about Saudi Arabia, he claimed. “Finally, people from outside the Kingdom can come visit and explore, learn about the culture and what makes it special. They will see that we are human just like them and hopefully tackle the misconception that we are terrorists, and stop making racist comments. They can see for themselves that it is the opposite of what they had in mind. They will see that we are modern and advanced.”

Ryan Van Der Merwe, senior visa consultant at One Visa World, told Arab News that tourism between South Africa and the Kingdom has increased since the implementation of the Saudi tourist visa.

“I think us being here at this event showcases all of the advantages of coming here and the good relationship between the two countries, and should help increase business and open up (new) opportunities,” he added.


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

Updated 28 min 54 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

  • World’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector
  • Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.