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Travel and Tourism - Saudi Arabia - February 2017

“Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s leading destinations for religious tourism and every year 20 million people visit Makkah, Islam’s most holy city, and 2 million make the pilgrimage for Hajj to pray at the religion’s most holy site, the Ka’ba in the Holy Mosque. Tourism has been identified as one of the key drivers to diversify the country’s economy away from oil and there are huge development projects underway in the sectors of transport and hospitality to support this growth and help grow the economy following the collapse in oil prices.”
- Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • How is Saudi Arabia’s economy developing to incorporate tourism growth?
  • How does Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry perform by comparison with the rest of the Middle East region?
  • How have international and domestic arrivals changed since 2011?
  • What are the key infrastructure projects currently underway in Saudi Arabia?
  • What does the future hold for religious tourism in Saudi Arabia?

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Table of contents

  1. Saudi Arabia: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

              • Tourism and the Economy

                    • Figure 1: International tourism expenditure in Saudi Arabia, 2011-15
                    • Figure 2: International tourist receipts in the Middle East & Saudi Arabia, 2011-15
                • Arrivals

                  • International
                    • Figure 3: International visitor arrivals by region, 2011-15
                    • Figure 4: International visitor arrivals by top source country, 2013-14
                  • Domestic
                    • Figure 5: Domestic tourist trips (000), 2011-15
                • Market Characteristics

                  • International
                    • Purpose of visit
                      • Figure 6: International tourist arrivals by purpose of visit, 2011-14*
                    • Seasonality
                      • Figure 7: International tourist arrivals by month, 2015
                    • Length of stay
                      • Domestic
                        • Purpose of visit
                          • Figure 8: Domestic trips by purpose of visit (000), 2011-14
                        • Seasonality
                          • Figure 9: Domestic trips by month, 2015
                        • Length of stay
                        • Transport

                            • Figure 10: International tourist arrivals by mode of transport, 2011-14*
                          • Air
                            • Figure 11: Airport traffic through all airports in Saudi Arabia, 2014-15
                          • Road
                            • Rail
                              • Sea
                              • Accommodation

                                  • Figure 12: Tourism accommodation stock in Saudi Arabia, 2016
                                  • Figure 13: Hotel stock by major city/province, September 2016
                              • Tourism News

                                • Religious tourism major driver for growth
                                  • Plans to develop domestic-tourism offering
                                  • What Next?

                                    • Conserving religious tourism alongside developments
                                      • Tourism forecasts
                                      • Index to Travel & Tourism Analyst

                                          • Index grouped by geographic area
                                          • Index to TTI Destination Reports

                                            • Country reports
                                            • Special Reports Index

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                                              Travel and Tourism - Saudi Arabia - February 2017

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