- Saudi Arabia has officially opened its doors to tourists from around the world by launching a tourist visa.
Riyadh revealed the attraction of SAR115bn, during a celebration organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, on Friday, in Riyadh in the presence of tourism makers and international investors.
The event, which coincided with World Tourism Day, was attended by international tourism makers and investors, in the presence of the President of the World Tourism Organization President, Zurab Polo Kashifeli and the President of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Gloria Guevara.
Ahmad Al-Khatib, Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that since the launch of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, we have started to work hard to become a global tourism destination, coinciding with the launch of major tourism projects and the adoption of incentive regulations for investment in the tourism sector, including the adoption of the national tourism strategy.
Al-Khatib added: “Tonight, we are not to open our doors to visitors only, but we also welcome investors where there are great opportunities available for investment in the fields of tourism, and thus achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s vision 2030”.
Al-Khatib said that the Kingdom at this historic moment opens its doors to the world to witness the hospitality, generosity, beauty of nature, and civilization of Saudi Arabia.
“Saudi Arabia has attracted SAE115bn so far, which confirms the world’s confidence in the strength of the Saudi market and its promising opportunities,” Al-Khatib said.
Al-Khatib explained that since the launch of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, we have started to work hard to become a global tourist destination, coinciding with the launch of major tourism projects and the adoption of incentive regulations for investment in the tourism sector, including the Cabinet’s approval of the general strategy for the development of national tourism.
Al-Khatib continued that the sites registered in the World Heritage List represent some of the Kingdom’s rich cultural heritage and stunning tourist sites, pointing out that there are more than 10,000 historical sites represent promising investment opportunities.
49 countries with electronic visa
After opening the Kingdom to tourists, it is now possible for all countries to obtain a tourist visa. In the first phase, citizens of 49 countries will be able to obtain an electronic visa through the website or upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.
According to the National Tourism Strategy, the Kingdom will receive 100 million visits per year by 2030, compared to around 41 million at present.
By 2030, the Kingdom will be one of the top five countries receiving tourists in the world, with revenues of up to 10% instead of the current 3% of gross national income, while the number of jobs in the sector will reach 1,600,000 jobs, compared to 600,000 jobs currently.