Saudia Cargo adds Shanghai to network

Saudia Cargo has taken precautionary measures since the emergence of the virus to ensure that cargo and logistics operations continue smoothly and efficiently.
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Updated 19 August 2020

Saudia Cargo adds Shanghai to network

Saudia Cargo has expanded its cargo network with the addition of Shanghai station to its flight schedules, which commenced on Aug. 15.

The national air freight carrier now operates two flights a week, Saturdays and Tuesdays, originating from Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport and Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport to the new destination using a Boeing 777 Freighter, which has a 95-ton capacity.

Saudi Cargo’s network expansion was in response to the growing demand for air cargo capacity, according to reports issued since last March.

Using charter flights booked by Saudia Cargo clients, the company has so far transported over 2 million kg of medical and pharmaceutical supplies required in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to millions of other lifesaving supplies needed at the height of the disease outbreak.

Saudia Cargo CEO Omar Hariri said the company took proactive and practical steps to ensure the continuity of cargo operations to the Kingdom through nonstop charter flights despite the challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus.

The company, he added, operated 29 unscheduled all-cargo flights from Shanghai International Airport to the Kingdom to meet the growing demand for cargo.

“Saudia Cargo’s high-level flexible schedules enabled it to respond swiftly to the increasing demand for cargo during the suspension of flights. We enhanced the charter flight services while our teams conducted an in-depth analysis of markets and order rates, which helped in the decision-making process for the network,” said Hariri. He expressed gratitude to the dedicated Saudia Cargo teams who performed their jobs despite the virus threat.

In July, Saudia Cargo operated more than 1,500 flights, of which 500 used passenger aircraft dedicated for international cargo operations. This was part of the company’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saudia Cargo transported 75,000 tons of vital shipments, including medical and PPE equipment, to the Kingdom from March to June, in support of the Kingdom’s efforts to curb the virus.

The company has taken numerous precautionary measures since the emergence of the virus to ensure that cargo and logistics operations continue smoothly and efficiently. It increased the number of flights covering many global destinations and markets in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the US and for carrying all goods needed for economic and commercial activity inside the Kingdom. Saudia Cargo adheres to strict preventive measures to ensure the safety of its staff, the company said.

Being strategically located in Saudi Arabia, the multiple award-winning company is uniquely positioned to provide a bridge between the East and West via its hubs, giving it increased flexibility to use its capacity efficiently and move the cargo with minimal ground handling time.

Future Hospitality Summit eyes tourism recovery

Updated 28 September 2020

Future Hospitality Summit eyes tourism recovery

Future Hospitality Summit, a hybrid virtual conference to explore big ideas and tackle the challenges facing the hospitality industry, is set to take place live from Riyadh and around the world, on Oct. 26 and 27. It is organized by the Saudi Ministry of Tourism and the G20 Saudi Secretariat, as part of the International Conferences’ Programme, honoring the G20 Saudi presidency year 2020.

The event, which promises to be one of the most impactful gatherings of the world’s hospitality community, will be delivered on Bench Digital’s tried-and-tested digital event platform, providing an immersive live experience, including a virtual exhibition, one-to-one video networking, and integrated chat features for all participants.

A comprehensive three-pillar program has been developed in collaboration with industry creators, innovators and mentors, with particular focus on understanding the new landscape, collaborating and assessing opportunities, and innovating to recreate the industry’s future. Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International; Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation; Gloria Guevara, CEO and president, WTTC; Jerry Inzerillo, CEO, Diriyah Gate Development Authority; and Anita Mendiratta, special advisory to the secretary general, UNWTO; are lined up as featured speakers, along with over 100 other speakers and thousands of attendees.

“As a country that is at the forefront of the tourism sector’s response and recovery plans through the G20 presidency, Saudi Arabia is leading the conversation on the future of tourism and will provide an international platform to bring the industry together at the Future Hospitality Summit. Together, we will map out the rebuilding of the tourism and travel sector and strategically plan a sustainable future for stakeholders at every level,” said Mahmoud Abdulhadi, deputy minister for investment at the Saudi Ministry of Tourism.

Jonathan Worsley, chairman and founder of Bench Digital, added: “During this difficult time, it is vital that hospitality professionals across the globe come together as a community to work toward the recovery of our industry. Future Hospitality Summit will not only provide a powerful platform to network virtually, showcase best practice and demonstrate thought leadership, but it will also prove invaluable in ensuring that the industry emerges stronger as a whole from these unprecedented challenges.”

Empowering tomorrow’s workforce and attracting talent into the hospitality sector — imperative factors in sustaining the industry — will be two of the key focus points of the hybrid summit. Developing a skilled workforce is paramount in order to quickly evolve and keep pace with the demand being created from the hospitality sector. In Saudi Arabia, for example, 253 new hotels are coming online by 2030. Consequently, Future Hospitality Summit is a forum to engage with the hospitality workforce of the future and promote the sector as an attractive career path.