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Bassam Al Showdari

Leader in Travel & Tourism / B2B, B2C & MICE Travel, Sales & Marketing

  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • +966 50 7666 386


With over than 14 Years of experience, an Innovative and results-driven leader with strong leadership skills and skilled negotiator focused on achieving exceptional results.

Attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills and customer service improvements while building partnerships with key business decision makers.

Naturally I love to travel, my work in the travel and tourism industry is not just duties that I do, but it is much more than that. I always says: "Travel & Tourism in my blood".

Beside all this, the sales & leadership skills I have makes me able to lead any kind of business, as my past experience helped me to understand a variety in business areas. 

Core Competencies

  • Sales & Marketing (Retail & Corporate)
  • Business Development
  • Sales & Product knowledge Coaching
  • Relationship Building
  • Process Improvements
  • B2B & B2C Travel
  • Online Travel Portals
  • Travel Agency, Tour Operator and Wholesaler's Operations & Contracting
  • MICE Travel

Professional Experience

Travel Solutions ME, Jeddah

Jun 2014Present

Managing Director

Established the business from pre-opening phase.
Prepared the business plan & annual budget.
Gather new sales leads & potential clients.

Elite Destination, Online B2B Travel Booking System, Jeddah

Nov 2010Jun 2014

Chief Executive Officer

I've led the company from the pre-opening phase and achieved growth by 70% within 2 years.
I've Achieved with my team the company's goals and build credibility name for Elite Destination in the market & improved our business share in Saudi Arabia. 
Built the business plans, annual budgeting & marketing activities. 
Gathered & analysed competitors data. 
Improved the whole company's operation & helped the sales team to increase our revenue and enrolling new clients.
Improved the online system features by working closely with system developers to create unique features in order to increase the number of bookings & facilitate the bookings process for our clients. 
Strengthen and develop business relations with key hotels & suppliers and negotiate to sign new contracts.
Strengthen and develop business relations with key corporate accounts.

Shairco,                 Dubai

May 2008Mar 2010

Director of Sales, Airports Projects, UAE & Oman

Developed the company's Airport Projects in UAE & Oman and helping our potential clients to find the best product for their needs.
After Sales support. & exploring new market segments.

Saudi Holandi Bank, Riyadh

Jun 2006Dec 2007

Assistant Director of Sales, Retail Sales, Central Area

I've led a group of Five Sales Teams males & females helped them to achieve the target.
Prepared weekly sales plan for each team Leader.
Supported my team to assure of no issues with their daily sales deals.
Prepared weekly performance report to the Area Director.
Trained my group on products and sales skills.

Radisson SAS Hotel, Riyadh 

Nov 2005Jan 2006

Sales Manager, Corporate ( Trainee ) 

I was gone through & work in all departments in the hotel to understand the hotel's operation.
Daily sales visits to potential & current clients
Worked with the sales team to achieve the department goal.
Worked with events team to manage our customer's events. 
Closed around 18 direct contracts with well-known corporations.

Al Hayat Newspaper, Central Area

Aug 2004May 2005

Sales Supervisor, Newspaper Ads.

I've led a group of 10 sales men and help them in selling advertising spaces for
Al Hayat News Paper.
Managed day-to-day sales and complains.
Helped the group to close large deals.
Helped the group to close the targets.
Met the and following up with their needs and conditions.
Developed all Ads, promotions and competitions with the marketing manager.
Prepared weekly performance report to the marketing manager.
Acted as “Sales Manager” for Layalina Magazine for 1 month.

First Wing Holidays. Riyadh

May 2002Jun 2004

Tourism Manager

I was working as Tourism Consultant for the 1st Year.
Sales & Marketing planning. 
Increased the contracts with Int'l suppliers. 
Design travel packages.
Day-to-day operations. 
Enroll new corporate clients & handled VIP clients.
Selling Travel & Tourism services to individual & corporates
Designed attractive packages. 
Attract new customers.


Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

Sep 1997Jun 2001

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing & Financial Management


Management & Leadership Skills

Sales Skills

Outstanding Customer Services

Interpersonal & Communications

Coaching Skills

Numerical and Analytical Skills

Attention to Detail

Team Player

IT, Microsoft Office, Apple OS, Good Typing Speed in Arabic & English.

Appreciation Certificate

I've honored by Zain Telecom certificate & Shield of Honor for my efforts for my services.



Business Development Manager, Web Booking Expert, Romania 

"My work experience with Bassam extends for over 3 years of working together on his online travel project for me as his IT supplier and for him as the client.

In hundreds of hours of discussions and even more emails and tackling all sorts of daily challenges together I was able to extract a few key traits about him:

1. He is an incredibly hard working and dedicated person. I have interacted personally with thousands of people and I can honestly say that Bassam is always in the first ones when thinking of someone who is both dedicated and who has a good work ethic, something which you rarely see these days. He never ran from work, even if it meant spending 16 hours in front of his desk and I appreciated this about him.

2. He is a very good sales professional. Having had my share of both colleagues and employees, I can honestly say that Bassam is able to close up far more deals than any of the peers I met, just by his capacity of getting to know the client and to understand his needs. I saw him grow a brand new start up company to a few million USD turnover by himself in an incredibly short timespan. About 24 months.

3. Last, but not least, he is a very tech savvy individual and an incredibly fast learner. While this by itself is not an unique trait, combined with Bassam's willingness to succeed and perform beyond all expectations, transformed him into a learning machine, which was able to come up with innovating ideas and present points of view which even veterans in our company did not think of.

All the above just because he wanted to get the very best from his system and because he wanted to provide the very best to his clients.

On occasions it proved challenging to work with him as he was very demanding in securing his own client's interest, but it was an absolute pleasure seeing such a professional like him at work.

I learned a lot from him and I hope to have the chance to work again in the future with him."


Global Account Director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

"Bassam is one of the few people I had met in my life with great experience in B2B system and XML technology, not only that he has
great experience with the GCC market and the travel agents, especially in Saudi Arabia market.

With his excellent relationship with the B2B agents, suppliers, DMC's and Bed Banks Accounts, Bassam improved the business at our
hotels from 2011-2014 with an increase in the market share" . 



IT Strategy and Excellence Manager, Road & Transport Authority, Dubai


"Bassam has a character that allows him to keep on going! No matter how bad situations can be he will always keep it going.

He has a great friendly personality allowing him to interact easily with people of different categories and different ages. I would say an excellent friend and and valuable asset!"


Age & Status : 38, Married

Current Location : Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


+966 50 7666 386