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SAUDI INBOUND AND OUTBOUND TOURISM CONTINUES TO SURGE


 

With the busiest time of year ahead for religious travel to Saudi Arabia, tourism in the Kingdom is in the media spotlight. 

According to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, more than 1.8 million foreign pilgrims travelled to Hajj in 2011, with all evidence pointing to continued increase over the next few years. 

In the first quarter of 2012 alone, 2.9 million foreign tourists visited the country, spending nearly US$ 1.9 billion according to a report released by the Tourism Information and Research Centre. Inbound tourists represent about 77 percent of total tourists, with 23 percent spending only one night in the country. 

Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar and Egypt registered as the top five countries sending tourists to Saudi Arabia during Q1, with domestic tourists also an important contributor to tourism receipts. 

“Inbound tourism is mostly for business and religious reasons, and there are a lot of new projects happening in Saudi Arabia in terms of construction, infrastructure, new centres, and especially in Mecca where there is a rapid expansion to the holy sites,” said Thierry Bertin, Vice President of World Wide Sales for Hyatt International – South West Asia. 

Three new Hyatt hotels are opening in close proximity to several religious sites, including the holiest shrine of Islam – Al Masjid Al-Haram or the Sacred Mosque, Mount Arafat, Muzdalifah, and Mina. 

“Hajj is definitely the busiest time of year for tourism in the Kingdom, but many regionally-based Muslims still visit the holy sites to pray as many as three times a year,” added Bertin. 

But outbound tourism in Saudi is also seeing a surge, with 74 percent of Saudi nationals planning to travel every year – a higher percentage among GCC and Arab states. 

Prior to the recent instability in the region, Saudi travellers tended to favour Egypt, Syria and Lebanon for their holidays, and instead are now targeting other options. 

“Now, Saudi holidaymakers head to key destinations for longer holidays: Istanbul, Paris and London. For shorter periods, it’s Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur. They’re all very ‘Gulf-friendly’ and offer good shopping, facilities and entertainment,” said Bertin. 

According to a 2012 report from Visa on spending in the UAE, Saudi Arabia’s spending shot up nearly 74 percent over 2011, making visitors from the Kingdom the fourth biggest spenders behind the UK, Russia and the US. 

The majority of tourist spending goes on shopping and accommodation, such as hotels or extended-stay serviced apartments. 

Hotel guests are looking for unique, bespoke experiences to suit their needs at a competitive price – authentic and select hospitality is a key trend that Hyatt continues to take the lead on, in Saudi Arabia and across the globe. 

Hyatt Hotels are currently expanding their presence in Saudi Arabia. In February of this year, Hyatt announced that it had opened a worldwide sales office in Saudi Arabia and had entered into agreements with Naseel Holding Company to manage three new Hyatt-branded hotels in the Kingdom. In April this year Hyatt announced plans for Hyatt Regency Riyadh in agreement with Mohammed A. Al Swailem Co for Commercial Investment, marking seven Hyatt-branded hotels under development in Saudi Arabia across five of Hyatt’s brands.  

Currently, there is one Hyatt-branded hotel in Saudi Arabia, Park Hyatt Jeddah – Marina, Club and Spa, which opened in 2009.

 

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SAR 80 billion projects in Makkah creating new opportunities in Kingdom’s hospitality sector
SAR 80 billion projects in Makkah creating new opportunities in Kingdom’s hospitality sector

24,480 new hotel rooms to be ready in Makkah in next few years; construction of 1,743-room Anjum Hotel in Makkah progressing as per schedule (21/10/2012)
SAUDI INBOUND AND OUTBOUND TOURISM CONTINUES TO SURGE
SAUDI INBOUND AND OUTBOUND TOURISM CONTINUES TO SURGE

Hyatt Hotels Expands Presence in Kingdom with Seven Hotels under Development (10/10/2012)
Best Western opens first hotel in Saudi capital
Best Western opens first hotel in Saudi capital

www.hotelcircleasia.com. Best Western International has launched its first hotel, the 86-room Best Western Orchid Hotel, in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (06/08/2012)
Tourism accounts for 3.2 per cent of Saudi GDP with total value of SAR 59.5 billion
Tourism accounts for 3.2 per cent of Saudi GDP with total value of SAR 59.5 billion

Yousef Abdul Latif Jameel: “We are enthusiastic about the robust growth outlook of KSA’s tourism industry, which registered an increase of 6.8 per cent” (03/08/2012)
Elaf Group’s opening of two new hotels in Al Madina Al Munawara
Elaf Group’s opening of two new hotels in Al Madina Al Munawara

KSA government’s continuing efforts towards strengthening tourism industry is commendable, says Elaf’s Bin Mafouz (07/07/2012)
Limah Implements Wayfinding Process in MADINAH Al Monawara
Limah Implements Wayfinding Process in MADINAH Al Monawara

Residents and tourists in the Holy City of Madinah will soon be able to find their way around the ancient city with ease, thanks to a Wayfinding master plan developed by Limah Design Consultants. (21/06/2012)
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Rosewood Corniche hosts children's art exhibition to raise awarness of Autism

Event marks new partnership with Jeddah Autism Centre (31/05/2012)
WOMEN PAMPERED AT ROSEWOOD CORNICHE
WOMEN PAMPERED AT ROSEWOOD CORNICHE

Luxurious Jeddah hotel launches ‘Ladies Night’ for female guests (16/05/2012)
Hyatt Updates Plans for Saudi Arabia at ATM Dubai
Hyatt Updates Plans for Saudi Arabia at ATM Dubai

Leading Global Hotelier Uses New Worldwide Sales Office in Kingdom as Platform to Reach Burgeoning Premium Travel Class in Its Largest Market (30/04/2012)
Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar wins Best Specialized Resort Award
Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar wins Best Specialized Resort Award

Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar has been recognized as the ‘Best Specialized Resort’ 2011 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at the Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards. (22/04/2012)
Hyatt Updates Plans for Saudi Arabia and Malaysia at ATM Dubai
Hyatt Updates Plans for Saudi Arabia and Malaysia at ATM Dubai

New Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur Expected to Pull Heavily from Gulf States (03/04/2012)
SAUDI ARABIA HA’IL DESERT CHALLENGE 2012
SAUDI ARABIA HA’IL DESERT CHALLENGE 2012

2012 SAUDI ARABIA HA’IL DESERT CHALLENGE, GETS UNDERWAY ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (20/03/2012)
CHILDS PLAY AT ROSEWOOD CORNICHE
CHILDS PLAY AT ROSEWOOD CORNICHE

Luxurious Jeddah hotel launches ‘Rose Buds’ programme for young guests (24/02/2012)
SAUDI ARABIAN MOTOR FEDERATION ANNOUNCES
SAUDI ARABIAN MOTOR FEDERATION ANNOUNCES

The Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) has now finalised the dates and route format and will run the FIA-sanctioned Ha’il Desert Challenge in the north-central region of the Kingdom from Mar (17/02/2012)
Hyatt Announces Plans For Three New Hotels In The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
Hyatt Announces Plans For Three New Hotels In The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

New Hotels Will Mark Country’s First Grand Hyatt and Second Park Hyatt; Hyatt Regency Jeddah is Country’s Second Hyatt Regency Under Development (06/02/2012)
Hyatt Demonstrates Commitment to Saudi Arabia
Hyatt Demonstrates Commitment to Saudi Arabia

Appointment of Hyatt Representatives on the Ground in the Kingdom (02/02/2012)
Regional Travellers Choose Hyatt Properties for Preferred Hotel Stays
Regional Travellers Choose Hyatt Properties for Preferred Hotel Stays

Hyatt Properties’ Accomplishments Marked by Succession of Award Wins in 2011 (05/01/2012)

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