The Saudi Hotel Show, the Kingdom’s largest event for hospitality professionals, will take place from 6-8 September at the Riyadh International Conference and Exhibition Centre. The exhibition will highlight the latest developments in the hospitality industry.
The high rates of travel to Saudi Arabia for religious, recreational and medical purposes have created investment opportunities in the hospitality sector, and the Kingdom is currently seeing the opening of an increasing number of new hotels in various cities. Saudi Arabia is currently expanding its leisure tourism sector and expects 30 million visitors annually by 2030.
According to the latest annual statistics, the total contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the Kingdom’s GDP is 9.4% with traveler spending growing at 10.5% annually. To sustain this growth, the Kingdom aims to deliver 310,000 completed hotel rooms by 2030 as part of its plans to develop the hospitality market for domestic and international tourism.
Commenting on the event, Jasmeet Bakshi, Events Director, DMG Events, said: “Saudi Arabia remains one of the most attractive hospitality markets in the world. His $110 billion investment plan and the growing number of projects to develop the tourism sector across the Kingdom have opened up new areas of investment and diversified leisure activities, while boosting tourist numbers at the same time.
With more than 230 local and international brands participating in joint events (Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, INDEX Saudi Arabia, Lighting Design & Technology Exhibition) from more than 20 countries, the event covers the full range of products and services in the hospitality sector, technology, lighting and design. More than 15,000 visitors are expected to enjoy live performances, high-profile summits and unparalleled opportunities to network and do business. Saudi Arabia Hotel Show is a premier gathering of hotel and restaurant owners, property developers, interior designers, architects, F&B department managers, chefs, housekeeping experts and anyone else working in the hotel and hospitality sector.
This year, the event will feature international exhibitors from Belgium, Greece, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and pavilions representing Egypt, France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Uzbekistan as well as international suppliers. to the lucrative hospitality and tourism industry in Saudi Arabia. The products exhibited at the fair cover various sectors such as hotel services, technology and security, interiors and contracts, furnishing, cleaning and facilities management, food and beverage services, commercial kitchen and operating supplies and equipment.
The trade event will also host a series of interactive activities that include a high-profile summit, culinary competition and awards to honor local talent in the hospitality industry in efforts to support the goals of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. Topics at the Hospitality Leaders Summit cover industry strategies, investment opportunities, support for Saudization efforts, innovation in design and guest experiences, the digital impact on the industry and the changes it will drive, among other issues.
The Hospitality Summit will be held with more than 40 keynote speakers, notably Bastien Blanc, CEO of Special Projects for the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Imran Changzi, Senior Director of Development at Diriyah Gate. Leaders will come together to share their views on the most important changes in the landscape, how to adopt new approaches and exchange ideas on the latest innovative trends.
Speakers include Abdullah Al-Zahrani, Executive Director of Brand and Marketing at The Red Sea Development Company and Amaala, Naim Maadad, CEO of Gates Hospitality, Noel Homsi, Co-Founder of Envy Lodges, Christopher Ford, Head of Group Asset Management at The Red Sea Development Company; Marco Vucinic, Director of Hospitality Development at the Tourism Development Fund, Karen Comber, Director of Interior Design at The Boutique Group, Maher Abu Nasr, Vice President of Operations for Saudi Arabia at IHG Hotels & Resorts, and Otko Oztaskin, Director of Development at Qiddiya, among others.
With the support of Chef Yasser Gad, President and Founder of the Saudi Chefs Association (SARCA), the Chefs Mystery Box Challenge will return for its fourth edition, an interactive competition in which hotels compete by presenting the best chefs to a presentation which includes exemplary. and creative cooking methods and with the participation of culinary experts in an environment that simulates a live kitchen.
Returning for its second edition, the Hospitality Talents Award will provide a platform to reward outstanding Saudi talent. It will also provide an opportunity for Saudi nationals working in the hotel and hospitality sector to connect with their peers and senior professionals. Nationals nominated, shortlisted or winners of this exclusive award will celebrate their achievements, while being honored at this first trade event will highlight them and advance their careers at the same time.
With the changing hospitality landscape in the Kingdom looking to achieve the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030, there is room for talented national youth in the hospitality sector. The recognition of the importance of this matter by the Hotel Show in Saudi Arabia generates interest and encourages competition for the award that recognizes the citizens and their talents.
The exhibition will be held with the support of the Association of Hotel Asset Managers, The Executive (Main Sponsor), Beats Arabia (Platinum Sponsor), DEPA (In-Partner Solution Partner), FiTHUB (Official Partner of Health and Fitness), 10 DEKA (Gold Sponsor) and LUTRON (Partner). participant) to name a few.
The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia will be held alongside and at the same location as INDEX Saudi Arabia and the Lighting Design and Technology Exhibition, providing a unique opportunity to learn and network with hospitality, design and project management professionals.
Entry to the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia exhibition from September 6 to 8 at the Riyadh International Conference and Exhibition Center is free. Online registration is mandatory.
To find out more about the event, visit: www.thehotelshowsaudiarabia.com.