February 18, 2019

KSA to issue tourist visas in 2018

On the picture HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage – Picture by CultureMap Houston.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia already welcomes millions of Muslims pilgrims visiting Mecca annually; now is gearing up to attract conventional tourists.

“The targets are people who want to literally experience this country and the grandness of this country” uttered HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, head of the Saudi tourism and national heritage commission, during an interview to CNNMoney’s Richard Quest.

Saudi Arabia plans to issue its first tourist visas in 2018, Prince Sultan bin Salman said. Visas were previously restricted to people travelling to the country for work or to visit its holy sites.

Attracting tourists is a central plank of the country’s plan to reduce its reliance on oil. It’s aiming for 30 million visitors a year by 2030, up from 18 million in 2016, and it wants annual tourism spending to hit $47 billion by 2020.

For further information :

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage: https://scth.gov.sa/en/Pages/default.aspx#3

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