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250,000 visit Riyadh Season fest before formal opening
October 17, 2019

RIYADH — Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the Board of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), said that the Riyadh Season witnessed more than 250,000 visitors in just three days, and that is even before the official launching of the festival.

“About 80 percent of the visitors were Saudis while 10 percent from the Gulf, including 11 Qataris, and the rest from other countries of the world,” he said.

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Flims – laxx lures GCC tourists
October 17, 2019

JEDDAH — GCC residents looking to escape the desert heat will have the opportunity to explore an upscale alpine destination in Flims – laxx, only a 90-minute car or train journey from the city of Zurich. The resort is also accessible via helicopter for guests who wish to arrive a little sooner.

Lax, a magnificent Swiss destination, is the gateway to visitors for an unforgettable holiday in a natural setting. Be it the UNESCO Heritage Site"...

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2019 Annual Conference of International Mountain Tourism Alliance to Open in Oct
October 17, 2019

On 12 October, a news briefing for 2019 Annual Conference of International Mountain Tourism Alliance was held in Guiyang. With the theme Working Together to Build a Community with a Shared Future in Mountain Tourism, focusing on major issues such as ecology, green, environmental protection, poverty alleviation and innovation, the conference will explore a path for the sustainable development of world mountain tourism in a global context.

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The Color Run returns, bringing fun to Riyadh
October 16, 2019

RIYADH — The Color Run is returning to Saudi Arabia. The countdown to The Happiest 5k on the Planet is on, with The Color Run bursting onto the streets of Riyadh on Oct. 26.

Organized in line with the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment offerings to Saudi Arabia, The Color Run — now the largest running series in the world, will be making its vibrant return to the Kingdom's two biggest cities, with"...

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Germany to hold B2B roadshows aimed at wooing Saudi tourists
October 15, 2019

RIYADH — As part of its continued efforts to boost Saudi tourists to Germany, the German National Tourist Office – Gulf countries (GNTO) will be embarking its annual roadshow to take place in three Saudi cities in partnership with premium airline partner, Lufthansa German Airlines.

The B2B roadshow will kick off in Jeddah on Oct. 21, followed by Riyadh (Oct. 22) and Al-Khobar (Oct. 23) with the aim of introducing Saudi travel trade professionals,"...

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Easing visa regulations makes Russia big attraction for Saudis
October 14, 2019

MOSCOW: Walking the cobblestone streets around Moscow’s Red Square, tourists from far and wide enjoy the crisp, cool fall air, surrounded by architectural wonders dating back hundreds of years.
Similar to Saudi Arabia, which has begun promoting tourism for the first time, Russia has opened its doors wider to the world by easing visit restrictions, increasing the flow of tourists.
Zarina Doguzova, head of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian"...

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Saudi Arabia widens tourist visa system
October 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia has expanded its new tourist visa system, according to media reports.

Following an announcelent last month, citizens from 49 countries were initially eligible for online e-visas or visas on arrival, including the United States, Australia, several European nations, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, China and Kazakhstan.

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Experts to discuss challenges facing media industry in Saudi Arabia
October 13, 2019

RIYADH: More than 1,000 media professionals from around the world are expected to attend a Saudi conference aimed at tackling some of the major challenges facing the industry.

The Saudi Media Forum (SMF), organized by the independent Saudi Journalists Association (SJA), will take place in Riyadh from Dec. 2 to 3 under the title “Media Industry: Opportunities and Challenges.”

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Saudi envoy to Austria launches tourist visa
October 13, 2019

VIENNA: Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan, the Kingdom’s ambassador to Austria, held the inauguration ceremony for tourist visas to Saudi Arabia in Vienna, the Austrian capital.

The event was attended by representatives of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the Slovenian Tourist Board, members of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, travel agencies representatives and Austrian journalists.

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Saudi Seasons ‘will drive jobs, economy, tourism’, says General Entertainment Authority’s CEO
October 13, 2019

RIYADH: The Saudi Seasons program of sports, cultural and entertainment events will contribute to a thriving economy and a vibrant society, one of the main driving forces behind the initiative told Arab News on Saturday.

Amr Banaja, chief executive of the General Entertainment Authority, said his team would be evaluating the “social return” on the financial investment involved"...

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