Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators, MATATO is taking part at the Riyadh Fair, hosting a destination stand for Maldives in Suadi Arabias leading travel and trade event. Riyadh Travel Fair will take place in Al Faisaliah Tower Hotel, Riyadh, the capital Saudi Arabia, from 28th to 30th March 2019. This is the fourth year that MATATO is taking part in this event. This year three Maldivian companies are exhibiting under the destination umbrella.
Organized by ASAS Exhibitions Riyadh Fair is considered as a significant annual event where the leading travel and tourism companies in Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries gather with exhibitors representing tourist promotion authorities and tourist companies at the Arab and International levels. The Fair is considered as a market for introduction of the tourist products, services and investments provided the most significant tourist companies in the world.
The show has as objective to allow the opportunity for the different tourist and travel organizations introduce their activities and services offer investment opportunities in tourism sector within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Gulf Cooperation Council Countries to the Arab and International tourist investment leading companies and exchanging experiences in the field of tourist products and services promotion and marketing. The Show gather the entire effective and essential regional organizations in tourist field under one ceiling, displaying specialized tourist presentations and provide special programs for the travel agents and purchaser from the different regions in the world.
Middle-east accounts to 3.4 percent of Tourist arrivals in Maldives according to 2016 statistics and 1,389,54215,700 tourists visited to Maldives from this region in 2017, which is an 8% growth compared to 2016 and 10% growth compared to 2015. MATATO intends to make best of this opportunity, and give opportunity for Maldivian travel businesses to make direct networking with the Middle East market and other emerging markets around the world.