Domestic tour operators presented the tourism potential of Kazakhstan in Saudi Arabia

With the support of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Saudi Arabia, the Kazakh Tourism National Company, and the Mayor's Office of Shymkent, a delegation of 11 Kazakhstani tourist and hotel companies is taking part in the tourism exhibition in Riyadh, holding b2b meetings with key travel agents and tour operators in the region.

The Riyadh Travel Fair - an important event for industry professionals and travel enthusiasts from all over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, takes place from May 22 to 24, 2023, at the Riyadh International Exhibition Center.

Representatives of significant tourism and aviation companies participate in the event. At the same time, more than 24 thousand people visited the three-day exhibition.

Within the Riyadh Travel Fair framework, Kazakh Tourism National Company organized b2b meetings for Kazakhstani companies with the local tourism business to present the unique sights and tourism products available in Kazakhstan.

It is worth noting that the number of visitors from Saudi Arabia to Kazakhstan increased dramatically in 2022. Before, up to 900 visitors came to Kazakhstan, but the number increased to 6 thousand people last year.

This increase resulted from the growing interest of Saudi citizens in traveling to Kazakhstan due to the availability of direct flights, visa-free regime, and previously held b2b meetings.

According to the forecasts of the Kazakh Tourism National Company, the tourist flow from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Kazakhstan is expected to increase at least one and a half times this year.

Chairman of Kazakh Tourism, Mr. Talgat Amanbayev, expressed his opinion on the past events: "With the introduction of a visa-free regime and the opening of direct flights, Saudi Arabia has become one of the priority markets for developing inbound tourism. Over the last year, we have seen a 7-fold increase in tourists from the KSA, encouraging us to continue active promotion in this region. Therefore, we thank the Embassy for its assistance in organizing the stand of Kazakhstan and b2b meetings. I am sure that due to such support and activity of our tour operators and tourism administrations of different regions of our country, we will be able to attract even more Arab tourists and expand the geography of their stay in Kazakhstan".

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