Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum comes as a unique opportunity to raise awareness about Sharjah's growing potential as a cruise destination, establish new ties and foster relationships with existing cruise line partners," said Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman of SCTDA
The smart services, which have been launched in an attempt to enhance the tourism experience in Sharjah, were unveiled as the SCTDA
began its active participation in the 35 th edition of Gitex Technology Week 2015 in Dubai.
According to SCTDA
, hotels in the emirate recorded 94,824 guests from CIS nations during the first six months of this year, accounting for 10 per cent of total hotel guests in the emirate.
The number of arrivals from the Continent have consistently grown in recent years," said the SCTDA
Chairman said emphasizing that Sharjah figures high on European tourist itineraries today because of the diversity of its natural landscape and cultural and civilizational heritage complemented by numerous museums, beaches, mountains and nature reserves.
Chairman said: "This year had been truly special for us.
SharjahAAEs representation at BITE, headed by the SCTDA
, included officials from Shurooq (Sharjah Investment and Development Authority) and Sharjah Museums
The event, organised in the presence of Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA
, was joined by representatives from Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Sharjah Museums Department, and a number of other key tourism stakeholders in the emirate.
was on a four-day roadshow that wrapped up two weeks ago to promote tourism in the emirate in Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan.
director general HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa said: "The new hotel classification system will be a key step towards achieving the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021, which aims to attract more than 10 million tourists to our emirate by the year 2021.
There is no doubt that Sharjah has established a leading position for itself on the global tourism map as one of the favourite destinations for millions of visitors from all over the world," SCTDA
chairman Mohammed Ali Al Noman said.
chairman, Mohamed Ali Al Noman, said that the licensing and training programme was part of the tourism agency's efforts to encourage excellence in the tourism industry and take it to a par with international standards and norms.
Our objective is to make the most of the growing Chinese and Asian interest in Sharjah and to benefit from the immense potential the fast burgeoning Chinese and Asian tourism market," said SCTDA
Chairman HE Mohamed Ali Al Noman.