KSA tourists cough up $25.1 billion abroad

Updated 14 August 2016

KSA tourists cough up $25.1 billion abroad

GENEVA: A recent economic report showed that Western and Asian countries have high levels of spending on tourism abroad.
Saudi Arabia and Brazil were ranked among the top 20 countries in the world in terms of spending on tourism abroad, based on information provided by specialized economic institutions including the World Bank.
The United States benefited the most from tourist dollars, while European countries witnessed the greatest inbound tourism.
Revenue from tourism was found to have little to do with a country's size or its population. For example, the city states of Singapore (719 square kilometers, 5.5 million population) collected $19.2 billion from tourism, compared to Russia’s $19 billion.
Comparing Switzerland to India proves that the volume of investment in tourist attractions is the most important element.
Saudis’ spending abroad was the highest among all the Gulf states, and topped that of all Arab countries. Saudis spent $25.1 billion on tourism abroad, Emiratis $17.7 billion, Qataris $12.9 billion, Kuwaitis $12.3 billion, Omanis $2.3 billion and Jordanians $1.3 billion.
The report showed that the Emirates earned $14.0 billion a year, followed by Qatar ($10.6 billion), Saudi Arabia ($9.3 billion), Egypt ($8 billion), Jordan ($5.5 billion) and Tunisia ($3 billion).
The United States earned $220.1 billion a year from visitors, followed by France ($66.8 billion), Britain ($62.8 billion) and China ($56.9 billion).
Germany came in sixth ($55.9 billion), followed by Italy ($45.5 billion), Turkey ($37.4 billion) Switzerland ($21.0 billion), Austria ($20.9 billion), India ($20.8 billion), Greece ($19.5 billion), Portugal ($17.8 billion), Belgium ($15.3 billion), Netherlands ($14.7 billion), Sweden ($12.7 billion), Poland ($12.3 billion), Ireland ($11.1 billion), Croatia ($10.1 billion), South Africa ($10.5 billion), Czechoslovakia ($7.6 billion), Hungary ($7.5 billion), Denmark ($7.0 billion), Norway ($6.5 billion) and Luxembourg ($5.5 billion).
The report says China's relatively modern economic advancement makes Chinese citizens more affluent, as well as creates a larger middle class that does not stop growing, This makes the Chinese spend on tourism in other countries about $164.9 billion annually, more than any other people.
Americans come second, spending $145.7 billion on tourism, followed by Germans at $106.6 billion, Britons $79.9 billion and French $59.4 billion.


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 28 May 2020

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.