ISLAMABAD: At least 4.5 million Saudi tourists spend over SR 80 billion every year when they go abroad and six times higher than their Western counterparts, making them the highest spenders worldwide.
Secretary General of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities’ media center and expert in tourism affairs Khalid Al-Dughaim said international tourism has become very popular and the domestic tourism industry is competing to attract tourists, Saudi Gazette reported.
He said: “The tourism industry is looking at tackling the obstacles it has, in order to enhance its services.
“The travel agencies, tourism agencies and the activities we offer nationally must be re-evaluated. He said “Development of the tourism industry will enrich regional income and enhance the attraction of the country’s landmarks and history.
Al-Dughaim said the Kingdom is yet to realize the economic value of tourism.
In neighboring countries, tourism has proven to be a more stable and sustainable income than oil and it will not run out as long as human resources exist.
Al-Dughaim said: “Dubai is a perfect example of the importance of tourism.
“It has turned from a city with dilapidated lands into one full of skyscrapers and top hotels in the world”, he added. He said there are many cost-effective strategies that can be implemented to enhance tourism.”Festivals are just one of the attractions that mobilize the tourism industry for starters.”