saudi arabia

  • Saudi Arabia launches new tourism packages to drive numbers

    Published on : Saturday, January 18, 2020

    A fresh set of tourism packages were launched jointly between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and tour operators during Saudi Winter.   As a part of fulfilling its role to support the private sector; SCTH organized …

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  • Saudi Arabia sees increase in tourism interest from around the world

    Published on : Saturday, January 4, 2020

    As per a new research, there is an increase in tourism interest in Saudi Arabia from around the world. Majority of tourists are likely to visit Saudi Arabia for a vacation now compared to five years ago.   The research surveyed 9,521 people across …

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  • Millennium Hotels and Resorts reveals plans to expand its business in Saudi Arabia by 2025

    Published on : Monday, December 23, 2019

    Millennium Hotels & Resorts MEA, the region’s fastest-growing hotel management company, has revealed ambitious development plans for Saudi Arabia with a goal of operating 25 hotels kingdom-wide by 2025.     The group, which currently operates nine hotels across Riyadh, …

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  • Saudi Arabia earned $270 million from its successful event, Riyadh Season

    Published on : Friday, December 20, 2019

    The biggest entertainment event in Saudi Arabia till date, “Riyadh Season”, has seen a grand success. This festival welcomed more than 5 million visitors in its first three weeks alone. After that this event was extended beyond its two-month schedule, …

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  • 2020 Dakar Rally will help to boost Saudi tourism

    Published on : Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Saudi Arabia’s sports chief said Monday the controversial 2020 Dakar Rally, to be hosted by the country for the first time, will help showcase the austere kingdom’s tourism potential.   Organisers of the 12-day marathon through the Arabian desert, which …

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  • Saudi Arabia shrouded in a mystery for long has now opened its doors to tourists

    Published on : Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    Saudi Arabia has shrouded in a mystery for long to innumerable would-be tourists across the globe. When I had last visited almost a decade earlier, there were no tourist visas and above all no business-oriented infrastructure for foreigners.   With …

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  • Saudi Arabia gets first Voco brand hotel

    Published on : Monday, November 18, 2019

    InterContinental Hotels Group has launched its first Voco brand hotel in Saudi Arabia.   The five-star hotel has come up in Riyadh. The group has collaborated with KSA-based developer Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Company for this property. The hotel …

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  • Saudi Arabia is Now Tourism’s “Last Untouched Frontier”

    Published on : Saturday, November 2, 2019

    Saudi Arabia has been described as tourism’s “last untouched frontier” after the launch of its first tourist visa scheme weeks before.   Nicolas Mayer, tourism consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said that now Saudi Arabia has finally opened its doors to the world, …

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  • Saudi Arabia described as “last untouched frontier” in tourism

    Published on : Thursday, October 31, 2019

    Saudi Arabia has been described as tourism’s “last untouched frontier” following the launch of its first tourist visa scheme weeks ago. Nicolas Mayer, tourism consultant said that now the Saudi Arabian Kingdom had finally opened its doors to the world, …

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  • M Gallery to open doors in Saudi Arabia

    Published on : Thursday, October 24, 2019

    Accor has signed a deal as per which it will start its boutique-experience-led hotel brand in Saudi Arabia’s heritage location- Al Ula.     The group is going to collaborate with Jeddah-based firm, Skonmas Trading Company, to take over and …

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  • 35 tourists killed, four injured in a bus accident in Saudi Arabia

    Published on : Thursday, October 17, 2019

    At least 35 tourists lost their lives and four others suffered injuries when a bus collided with another vehicle near Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.     A Medina police spokesperson said that the bus collided with a heavy …

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  • Saudi Arabia welcomes 24,000 tourists within the first 10 days of launching the new visa system

    Published on : Friday, October 11, 2019

    Saudi Arabia welcomed 24,000 tourists to the kingdom within the first 10 days of a new visa system being launched for encouraging foreign visitors. This is part of a plan for expanding its economy.   The Saudi Foreign Ministry published a …

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  • Saudi Arabia to enable unmarried tourists to share hotel rooms

    Published on : Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Saudi Arabia is now going to enable unmarried tourists to share hotel rooms in a bid to boost up its international tourism and diversify its economy.     The Saudi Commissioner for Tourism and National Heritage (SCNTH) has recently notified …

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  • Tourism to bring in 5% GDP by 2021 for Saudi Arabia

    Published on : Friday, October 4, 2019

    Tourism will grow in Saudi Arabia to provide for 5 per cent of the kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2021 due to recent government initiatives that have made it easier for people to visit the country.   In 2018, …

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  • For the first time, Saudi Arabia opens its tourism

    Published on : Thursday, October 3, 2019

    Saudi Arabia starts distributing tourist visas for the first time.   Host Mustafa Alrawi, assistant editor in chief, and future editor Kelsey Warner spoke to Ashleigh Stewart, of The National’s, who is in Saudi Arabia as the kingdom starts on its …

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  • Saudi Arabia offers visas for tourists, but lot of skepticism remains

    Published on : Thursday, October 3, 2019

    Saudi Arabia, which is widely known as one of the most conservative countries in the world and was only accessible for business and religious travelers previously, recently announced that it will now offer visas to tourists. In late September, a …

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  • Saudi Arabia might impose fines for violating public decency

    Published on : Tuesday, October 1, 2019

    Saudi Arabia has said that it would impose fines for 19 offences related to public decency, like immodest dress and public displays of affection, although the Muslim kingdom has opened up for foreign tourists.   The Interior Ministry has launched …

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  • Saudi Arabia opens its doors to foreign tourists

    Published on : Saturday, September 28, 2019

    Saudi Arabia opened its doors to foreign tourists on Friday, by launching a new visa regime for 49 countries and appealing to foreign companies to invest in its tourism sector.   It hopes that tourism would contribute 10% of gross …

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  • Saudi Arabia is all prepared to ramp up its tourism

    Published on : Friday, September 27, 2019

    As tourism marketing content goes, it was the glossy kind: On Sept. 14, Saudi Arabia started flowing on social media and on a dedicated webpage, a professional drone-footage filled video entitled “Where in the World”.   A little bit earlier in …

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  • Saudi Arabia is moving away from dependence on oil and aiming to boost tourism

    Published on : Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    The Saudi monarchy said that since 2016, the kingdom is moving away from its dependence on oil production. Led by the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, the government has been working towards diversifying and improving Saudi Arabia’s non-oil economy. Now, …

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