18/11/12 Press release
· The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Hani Abu Ras
· Show brings together 120 exhibitors from 24 countries representing various supply chains of the hospitality sector across the Middle East and beyond
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, November 18, 2012: His Excellency Dr. Hani Abu Ras, inaugurated The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia today at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President & Chairman of Board of Directors of SCTA, the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia will run till November 19 [5 Muharram]. It is spread across 8,500 sqm of space and boasts an impressive array of products and services for the hotel and hospitality industries, including: food & beverage, technology, operating equipment and supplies, interior & design, and outdoor & resort experience.
H.E Mr. Mazen bin Mohammed Batterjee Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah said: “Jeddah and its existing strong potential helped in developing the hospitality sector and establishing it as the leading player in national tourism as well as across the Middle East.”
“Last year, there were 36 exhibitions and 6 summits held in Jeddah which increasingly attracted more international companies to take advantage of Jeddah’s unique proximity and business opportunities, and year after year, Jeddah has proven to be one of the strongest business hubs on the Kingdom’s map,” H.E Batterjee added.
Commenting on the opening ceremony, HE Dr. Abu Ras said: “Organizing such events, represents the essential role that the tourism industry in the Kingdom plays in increasing the number of tourists and visitors to the city hosting those events. Realizing this fact, we are very keen on collaborating with all the government entities to increase the number of tourists and visitors coming to Jeddah which will boost the economic performance of Jeddah, thus reflecting positively on the Kingdom as a whole.
”The exhibition brings together 120 exhibitors from regional and international manufacturers and suppliers for the hospitality, catering, food & beverage industries. Among the exhibitors are leading companies such as Al Diyafa, Aqua Panna, ILLY, McCain, Nespresso, Cotton Empire, Linen Company, Artasa, Digivalet, SIOM, and Poly Products.
The three-day show will bring together an anticipated 5,000-plus invited buyers from across Saudi’s hotel and hospitality industries, including: hotel owners, hospitality managers, food and beverage managers, catering managers, restaurateurs, and IT managers.
The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, organised by MICE Arabia Group and co-organised by dmg::events, has been established due to the success of dmg :: events’ world-class Hotel Show in Dubai, reinforcing HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s long-term vision for the country’s hospitality sector.
Mr. Mohammed Al Amry, The Executive Director of the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities in Makkah region, commented: “The Hotel Show is considered as one of the Kingdom’s most important exhibitions. The Saudi tourism sector has seen a growth of 18.9 per cent between 2010 /2011, while the hospitality sector has been performing strongly with 157,000 licensed rooms in 2011, a number which will increase by 39,000 rooms by 2015. Jeddah is now considered one of the busiest cities with occupancy over 65 per cent in 2011, while Makkah has recorded 18 per cent annual growth in hotel investments. According to the National Tourism Development Strategy in the Kingdom, in the period between 1431 – 1441 hijri, the investment in the tourism sector and residential units is expected to reach 97.5 billion riyals (U.S. $ 26 billion).
Mr. Elie Rizk, CEO of M.I.C.E Arabia said: “I would like to thank His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for his support in reinforcing the level of services in the hospitality sector which helped it compete against the major hotel chains around the world.
“I would also like to thank the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and related sectors for participating in this exhibition and contributing to our success.”
The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia is supported by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, and The Hospitality Committee, with sponsors being Nowy Styl Group & Stylis Hotel Solutions, Digivalet, Al Diyafa and Arte Vivo.
About The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia
Organised by MICE Arabia, co-organised by dmg::events, The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia will enjoy its debut from 17th – 19th November 2012 at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The event is patronized by HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Chairman of the Saudi Supreme Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA). The sister show to The Hotel Show, now in its 13th year in Dubai, and the largest full spectrum hospitality and supplies event for the MENA region, both trade-only exhibitions bring the best of regional and international manufacturers together with qualified buyers to meet the demands of burgeoning regional hospitality market. The esteemed events provide unmatched networking and sourcing opportunities and function as unsurpassed business to business platforms for the hospitality industry.
About dmg :: events
dmg :: events (formerly known as dmg world media), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT, www.dmgt.co.uk), one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1989, the company now manages over 80 exhibitions, conferences and online platforms for a variety of industries in up to 25 countries each year.
dmg :: events is a leading supplier of face-to-face business information, with a customer-centric focus that localizes operations and relationships. Its objectives are to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant consumers to create vibrant marketplaces across multiple event platforms. dmg :: events is divided into the following five divisions:
1. Energy (including the Global Petroleum Show, Gastech, World Heavy Oil Congress and others)
2. Middle East (ADIPEC, The Big 5, INDEX, the Hotel Show, the Office Exhibition, Reflex Publishing and others)
3. Digital Marketing (including ad:tech, iMEdia Summits and iMedia Connection)
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