100 million tourists visited Saudi Arabia in 2023

100 million tourists visited Saudi Arabia in 2023

A new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed record-breaking numbers for Saudi Arabia's travel and tourism sector last year
12 June 24
استقبلت السعودية في 2023 أكثر من 100 مليون زائر، مصدر الصورة: ilona.shorokhova, Freepik

International interest in Saudi Arabia continues to grow, and new figures have confirmed this as the nation has seen a surge in both regional and international tourist arrivals to the Kingdom.

Released this week, the 2024 Economic Impact Research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) unveiled positive figures for the Kingdom's tourism industry, showcasing significant growth in GDP contribution, job creation, and visitor spending.

Exceeding all predictions and expectations, it was revealed that in 2023, the Kingdom saw a 32 per cent growth in tourism numbers, with more than 100 million people visiting Saudi.

In May, it was announced at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, that Saudi Arabia is the second most popular international destination for MENA travellers, according to recent data. Saudi's enduring allure attracts travellers from around the world seeking unique experiences and luxurious hotels, alongside the national pride in traditional Saudi heritage.

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Originally, the figure of 100 million visitors to Saudi Arabia was a pivotal point of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 plan. However, as the Kingdom's tourism numbers soar and this incredible number has already been achieved this target a full seven years early, Vision 2030 was updated to aim for 150 million tourists by 2030.

These tourism figures will undoubtedly be achieved, particularly with the opening a number of mind-blowing luxury resorts such as Six Senses Southern Dunes, Nujuma and The St. Regis Red Sea Resort coming to life in the Red Sea region, the incredible sporting events taking place all across the country and in the capital city, and the Kingdom becoming a recognised destination for indulgent dining in the GCC, with several impressive new openings such as Marina Social by Jason Atherton in Jeddah, LPM and Scott's in Riyadh.

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