Elaf Group recently sponsored the “Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Forum 2012” which was inaugurated by H.R.H. Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh, and organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) at the Riyadh International Exhibition Center. The forum hosted 23 technical sessions to discuss the major issues related to the tourism experience in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Forum 2012 attracted wide participation from various government entities, including Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Information, Saudi Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD), Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Arab Tourism Organization, National Tourism Committee, advisory committees, tour operators, in addition to travel and tourism companies from the private sector.
Commenting on the tourism development in the region, Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of Elaf Group of Companies and a member of the tourism development council for the Makkah region under the chairmanship of HRH Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Emir of Makkah, and the Tourism Development Council in Jeddah under the chairmanship of HRH Prince Mishal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, pointed out that the forum plays a vital role in highlighting the tourism potential in Saudi Arabia and shedding light on the approved tourism projects for the next three years. He underlined the significance of the event, emphasizing that it hosted a series of sessions and workshops aimed at highlighting the interest in the cultural dimension of tourism and the effective tools to develop and promote the growth of tourism in Saudi Arabia.
The forum also introduced ready job opportunities at tourism institutes, during a special session titled “Career Day”, aimed at harnessing the potential of Saudi nationals in the economic and tourism areas.