Saudi tourism spending slumped 61.5 percent in 2020 as pandemic struck

Saudi tourism spending slumped 61.5 percent in 2020 as pandemic struck
Saudi Arabia issued more than 500,000 tourist visas between September 2019 and the start of the pandemic. (Reuters)
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Updated 07 April 2022

Saudi tourism spending slumped 61.5 percent in 2020 as pandemic struck

Saudi tourism spending slumped 61.5 percent in 2020 as pandemic struck
  • 31.7 percent of tourism spending came from abroad in 2020

RIYADH: Tourism spending in Saudi Arabia slumped 61.5 percent to SR63.4 billion ($16.9 billion) in 2020 as the pandemic halted travel within and into the Kingdom.

Tourists from abroad made up 31.7 percent of spending, Al Eqtisadiah reported, citing Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority and Ministry of Tourism data.

Saudi Arabia is investing billions of riyals in developing destinations for residents and foreign visitors, including the Red Sea Project resort, and the cities of NEOM and Al-Ula. The Kingdom issued more than 500,000 tourist visas before the pandemic after offering them for the first time in September 2019.