By Innovation-sa on July 1, 2018 in News

Local tourism is on the rise in Saudi Arabia with over 44.5 million local trips made in 2017 and total spending’s crossing SR47.9 billion, according to a report published by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).


Accommodations for local tourism is also experiencing a sharp growth, reaching a total of 7,385 licenced establishments with an increase of 426 percent from 2009 to 2017, and around 43 international hotels.


Meanwhile, the potential for a significant expansion in Saudi Arabia’s digital tourism industry has attracted several companies. Clear Trip, the second largest online travel agency in India, attracted by the possibilities in Saudi Arabia, acquired the famous Saudi travel aggregator Flyin.


Several initiatives undertaken by the public sector to achieve objectives of the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 is easing domestic tourism and digital transformation and has also helped in the growth of the sector.


Arab News –  30 June 2018