Travelport road show attracts key Saudi agents

Rabih Saab, president and managing director for Africa, Middle East and South Asia at Travelport
Rabih Saab, president and managing director for Africa, Middle East and South Asia at Travelport

In a recent development, Travelport concluded a technology roadshow tour across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, Riyadh and Damman.

The series of interactive workshops showcased how technology is redefining travel commerce and welcomed attendance from over 100 travel agents from across the Kingdom.

Rabih Saab, president and managing director for Africa, Middle East and South Asia at Travelport said: “We’ve have received extremely positive feedback on events and in particular, on innovation of our products. Our platform is leading the way in travel solutions through empowered selling and pushing new business frontiers such as halal tourism.”

The road show was held at an opportune time. Travelport recently released a co-sponsored study with Phocuswright1 on Saudi Arabia. The report revealed that the Kingdom has the largest travelling population in the Middle East. Online travel bookings, which represent 25% of all bookings in the Middle East, are forecast to grow in 2015 and 2016 to reach 36% by end of 2017 when online revenue is expected to reach US$35 billion. Offline sales are forecast to continue to grow from US$54 bn in 2014 to US$63 bn in 2017.

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