Sharjah tourism delegation heads to Saudi Arabia, promotes ecotourism
Several Sharjah hotels part of the delegation, which is keen to build effective partnerships with Saudi travel and tourism companies
The Saudi Gazette has reported that Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has confirmed that it will be joining leading participants in the Riyadh Travel Fair, taking place on 28-29 March, 2019, to highlight tourism, cultural and leisure attractions in Sharjah.
Reportedly, the SCTDA will also promote the emirate as one of the most significant local and international tourism destinations.
The SCTDA will focus on eco-tourism and outdoor activities, with a strong emphasis on new branded hotel projects, in line with SCTDA’s commitment to promoting Sharjah’s tourism market in the Arab markets, especially in Saudi Arabia – one of the largest Gulf markets for tourists to the emirate, the news outlet reported.
Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman, SCTDA, was reported as saying that the SCTDA’s participation at the Riyadh Travel Fair is in line with its strategic plans to promote the emirate of Sharjah as a leading tourist destination in the world’s major tourism markets and to ensure our presence on the global tourism map.
“This exhibition is of great importance as it is an ideal platform for us to review the competitive advantages and capabilities that make Sharjah a cultural, tourism and leisure centre and a symbol of cultural excellence in the region. The Gulf region is a very competitive market because of the similarity of equivalent countries in climate, terrain and geographical location, and this requires us to provide exceptional tourism products for GCC tourists, who accounted for 45% of the total number of Arab tourists to the emirate last year,” he said.
Reportedly, the joint delegation from the emirate of Sharjah, headed by SCTDA, includes a prominent group of government and private bodies including Sharjah Airport Travel Agency: SATA; Sharjah Collection; Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa; Tulip Inn Hotel, Coral Beach Resort Sharjah, Cozmo Travel LLC; and TravTalk Magazine.
Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021 aims to welcome 10 million tourists by 2021.