Saudi has fastest growing tourism sector in the G20

Wednesday, 27 Sep, 2022 0

Saudi is the fastest growing tourism destination in the G20, according to the newly published UNWTO Tourism Barometer.

Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector grew 121% from pre-pandemic international tourism levels.

Tourism is a key pillar of Saudi’s Vision 2030 to diversify the economy.

It targets tourism contributing 10% of the country’s GDP by 2030, with one million jobs created by then.

According to the UNWTO Tourism Barometer, the global tourism sector saw international tourist arrivals almost triple from January to July 2022 (+172%) compared to the same period of 2021.

This means the sector recovered to almost 60% of pre-pandemic levels.

Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, and Chairman of the Board of Saudi Tourism Authority said: “Recognition of Saudi’s achievements in the UNWTO Tourism Barometer is a key milestone in our recovery and much of the success lies in our approach to managing the pandemic and accelerating the sector’s pace of recovery.”

“We have made incomparable progress toward realizing our ambitious Vision 2030 tourism goals.”

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