KSA generates SR53.7bn in revenues from tourism

In this photo taken on April 16, 2015, a Saudi man walks at Riyadh National Museum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP)
Updated 11 July 2016

KSA generates SR53.7bn in revenues from tourism

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) disclosed on Sunday that domestic and inbound foreign tourism revenues reached SR53.7 billion this year, according to its latest report.
Meanwhile, last year, outgoing Saudi tourists spent SR24.1 billion abroad, said the report.
The same report noted that local tourism increased by about six percent compared to 22 percent of Saudis who left to spend their holidays abroad last year. Despite this, local tourism grew by one percent overall, while inbound tourism increased by 5.6 percent over the year.
According to the source, SCTNH works to stimulate domestic tourism in various seasons, especially during the holidays, indicating that the number of tourists at home reached 15.4 million in 2015 with an annual growth rate of up to three percent, compared with 6.4 million departing tourists annually.
Further, local tourism expenses amounted to SR15.3 billion in 2015, while inbound tourism expenditure amounted to SR38.4 billion, even though the number of tourist arrivals did not exceed 7.5 million people.
The report found that inbound tourism expenditure is the highest spending group within the county's tourism sector at SR5,120 per capita, compared to SR3,020 per capita for the outbound tourism sector.


Falcon sales take flight at Riyadh show

Falconry enthusiasts from more than 20 countries are attending the show in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Falcon sales take flight at Riyadh show

  • Tens of thousands of visitors have already flocked to the exhibition, which runs until Oct. 15

RIYADH: Falcon sales at an exhibition in Riyadh have exceeded SR3 million ($800,000) and are expected to double before the event closes.
The sales were made directly in the exhibitors’ section and at auction of the Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition, which is in its second year.
Falconry enthusiasts from more than 20 countries are attending the show, which is the biggest event of its kind in the Kingdom and the Middle East. Tens of thousands of visitors have already flocked to the exhibition, which runs until Oct. 15.
There are more than 350 exhibitors, and organizers are expecting 150,000 visitors.
The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops organized in partnership with the Saudi Society of Fine Arts.
Visitors can turn their hand to pottery, transfer technology, mural painting, charcoal painting, oud and coffee painting.
King Saud University is holding three seminars related to the environment and living organisms, including falcons and the findings of recent studies on their care and breeding. The seminars will explore the latest trends for the conservation of falcons in Saudi Arabia, parasites in falcons and how to combat them.
Another aspect of the exhibition is hunting weaponry, with specialist firms selling their products. Visitors need to access the Kingdom’s online government platform, Absher, to obtain an appointment through the booking process.
Exhibition organizers say they have established a design that simulates the experience of hunting trips and wildlife and that the various sections evoke hills, plateaus, sand dunes and lakes. Each area is decorated with species of desert plants and visitors can enjoy a musical soundtrack as they tour the event.