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Saudi Arabia fastest-growing tourist destination, says report

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ranked first among G20 nations in terms of the growth rate of incoming tourists during the first nine months of the year, thus registering an impressive 50 percent growth when compared to the same period in 2019, said the Ministry of Tourism, citing the World Tourism Barometer report recently released by the UNWTO.

These results reflect the kingdom’s dedicated commitment to enhancing and developing the tourism industry, stated the ministry. This sector has become a significant contributor to the economy, showcasing considerable progress in this crucial area, it added.

The report further indicates that Saudi Arabia has also secured the second position globally as the fastest-growing tourist destination. It achieved a recovery rate of 150 percent in the tourism sector compared to pre-Covid-19 levels, it stated. 

This recovery rate surpasses the global average of 87 percent and is the highest in the Middle East region, which reached a 120 percent recovery compared to pre-pandemic levels.

These remarkable achievements underscore the kingdom’s emerging status as a leading tourist destination.

They highlight the continuous efforts to support and enhance the tourism industry, providing visitor experiences that meet global standards and propelling the kingdom to global leadership in this vital sector.

AlUla turns hot favorite for mountain tourism enthusiasts

AlUla Governorate has seen significant progress in the diverse tourism sector, including mountain tourism, which is linked to sport, adventure, discovery, photography, relaxation and reflection, away from the noise of the city. AlUla Governorate is characterized by the variety of its terrain, mountains with distinctive forms, and some 2.3 million palm trees that form a green canvas flanked by the mountains, reported SPA.

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