Elaf sees Hajj, Umrah pilgrims up 25pc
Riyadh, May 18, 2010
Elaf Group of Companies, a pioneer of travel, tourism and hotel services in Saudi Arabia, said it expects a 25 per cent increase in the number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, mainly due to a surge from Egypt and Morocco, this year.
The projection is based on Elaf’s assessment of the local tourism market and the significant activity it has been observing in its services portfolio, said its top official.
Pilgrims from Egypt and Morocco account for the largest surge in the number of travellers coming for Hajj and Umrah in Makkah.
Other countries that have been boosting the Saudi tourism for religious goals are Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Sudan, Turkey, Indonesia, Tajikistan, and South Africa, said Ziyad Ahmed Bin Mahfouz, CEO of Elaf Group.
“We have positive expectations for this year as we have engaged in new contracts that will improve the delivery of our services and offerings to our clients and associate travel agencies. We anticipate a 25 per cent rise in the number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, with visitors from Egypt and Morocco accounting for the largest increases,' he remarked.
'Given these positive developments we expect our profits for 2010 to surpass last year’s figures,' the company chief added.
According to Bin Mahfouz, the group is enhancing its services and facilities offered to its associate travel agencies in order to fully meet the needs of pilgrims.
“We are committed to exerting extra effort to ensure that our services adhere to international quality standards and meet the expectations of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims looking for a unique experience.'
'Tourism for religious goals has become a vital sector for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and we are keen to play a key role in its further development,” Bin Mahfouz pointed out.
The Elaf Group of Companies provides various services for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, from the moment they arrive at the airport until their departure from the Kingdom.
The Group also oversees activities ranging from the issuance of visas to the provision of transport to ensure that all the needs of religious travellers are met and that they have a comfortable stay in Saudi Arabia, said Bin Mahfouz.-TradeArabia News Service