The steps of the national tourism sector are accelerating towards the future, informed by its strategy and vision of the Kingdom 2030, and its projects and initiatives that work non-stop,
It has announced tourist destinations with geographical and historical diversity and highlights natural resources, archaeological treasures, and historical places, which meet the aspirations of tourists.
The Kingdom has become a destination for tourists from the countries of the region and the world, until the number of visas issued – even before the Corona pandemic – reached about 450 thousand visas, since the launch of the tourist visa by the Saudi Tourism Authority in the year 2019
49 countries were targeted as a first stage in facilitating obtaining tourist visas electronically or through entry points to the Kingdom within specific regulatory controls.
The authority has focused on local and international tourism exhibitions and has taken care of marketing destinations, sites, itineraries, products, and tourist packages internally and externally.
Tourism is one of the pillars of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, to contribute to diversifying the base of the national economy, attracting investments, increasing sources of income, and providing job opportunities for citizens, as the sector is witnessing rapid growth thanks to plans to advance the tourism sector.
The performance indicators identified that by 2030 the number of annual visits will increase to 100 million visitors, and one million job opportunities will be provided; and an increase of 10% of the country’s GDP.
From the port of Jeddah, cruise cruises, which are considered a giant floating resort, launched to discover the treasures of the Red Sea, as a new step towards the prospects of local tourism.
The Saudi Tourism Authority also announced the “Saudi Expert” window to support partners and develop tourism products.
It has prepared a program dedicated to assisting the tourism system in raising the level of services and products offered and enhancing cooperation among them.
It also provided training programs, developed joint marketing initiatives and other services to develop the sector as a whole.