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The first United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) regional office was officially opened today in Riyadh by UNWTO Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili and the Saudi Minister for Tourism, H.E. Ahmed Al Khateeb at an event attended by regional tourism ministers and industry leaders.

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of a Master Development Agreement (MDA) with RIVA Development Company via its wholly owned subsidiary RIVA Hospitality for Hotel Services Company to open at least seven hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia across IHG’s portfolio of brands. The announcement was made at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2021 in Dubai.

TIME Hotels, the UAE-headquartered hospitality company and hotel operator, unveiled its plans to open eight new properties across the Middle East and the Indian Ocean, over the next 18 months.

flynas, the Saudi air carrier inaugurated the first of its flights to the historical city of AlUla in a direct flight from Riyadh, on Wednesday March 17.

Lumi, the car rental business of Seera Group, is expanding its retail service network in Saudi Arabia, having won the bid to open counters at Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, Ta'if Regional Airport and Al-Baha Domestic Airport in Saudi Arabia. These join the current network of 8 airport counters and the total network of 26 branches in the region.

AlUla Old Town has welcomed its first visitors back after a three year hiatus for extensive restoration and conservation in sections of the town’s tightly packed stone and mudbrick buildings.

Cruise Saudi is welcoming two global cruise industry experts who will be joining the Cruise Saudi team in Jeddah in the coming weeks, bringing a combined 58 years of experience to the organisation.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—the first Grand Hyatt hotel in the Kingdom.

A recent ‘Global Holiday Intent’ survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Reed Travel Exhibitions, the organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), has revealed that residents in the UAE and Saudi Arabia (KSA) are the most likely to make an international trip in 2021.

Saudi Arabia claims it remains on track to reach its ambitious target of welcoming 100 million tourists annually by 2030.This would mean a near six-fold increase in tourist arrivals over the next 11 years, from the 17 million visitors the country welcomed in 2019, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.