SAUDI ARABIA — Since the launch of their new tourism visa in September, tourists are flocking to Saudi Arabia from around the world.
According to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Canada, China, UK, Malaysia, and the U.S. top the list of new arrivals since the launch of its first tourism visa. On Sept. 27, 2019, in a major step toward economic and social reform, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the launch of a tourist visa program.
“This year marked the historic moment of Saudi Arabia opening its doors to the world,” said Ahmad bin Aqil Al Khatib Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
“We are welcoming more visitors and investors than ever before. To those thinking of visiting Saudi Arabia in 2020, you won’t find a warmer welcome anywhere in the world.”
The data coincides with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) revealing its top inbound source markets since Saudi Arabia’s opened its doors to international tourism.
Saudi’s historic sites appear to be an important attraction for tourists to the Kingdom. Amongst those surveyed by YouGov, over one in five (22 per cent) are keen to visit Jeddah’s historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, another UNESCO site, previously only known to a few travelers, is gaining a following amongst Chinese millennials. Al Ula now tops the list of destinations in the Arab world of a third of Chinese tourists under the age of 35.
Italians top the list with 35 per cent surveyed saying they would be more likely to visit Saudi Arabia following the new visa launch. British tourists were 15 per cent more likely just ahead of Americans at 14 per cent.
The research also points to new opportunities for multi-destination tourism growth. Of all respondents, 73 per cent reported a preference to visit several destinations rather than stay in one location.
-Photos Saudi Arabia tourism/Visit Saudi
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