2,800 hotel rooms, 11 projects underway
As Jeddah attracts 11% of the total spending of local and foreign tourists in the Kingdom, the city is boosting investment in the tourism industry, Arab News reported.
With 11 infrastructure projects under way from international investments, Saudi Arabia prepares to launch more than 2,800 new hotel rooms, according to Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Omari, director general of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage of Makkah.
With the commission supporting investors to build international and local hotels in the kingdom, it is expected that spending in the tourism sector by local and foreign tourists in 2016 would reach $38.5bn (SAR144.3bn), compared with $23bn (SAR86.4bn) spent in tourism abroad.
Saudi’s tourism industry, as Al-Omari said, is “the second biggest sector in terms of attracting people to focus on strategies and visions to create economic sectors away from oil resources which have dominated the economy for a long time”.
Al-Omari also added that statistics indicated the future of the local tourism industry was promising, particularly in Jeddah, as it attracts 11% of the total spending of local and foreign tourists in the kingdom.
In 2015, Jeddah had a growth of local tourism of 21% over 2014. The city attracts 29% of domestic tourism for Makkah.
It was expected that local tourism spending would be $14.2bn (SAR53.5bn) and $24.2bn (SAR90.8bn) from inbound foreign tourists during 2016, according to Arab News.