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In an attempt to employ more Saudi citizens within the tourism and national heritage sectors, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) had instructed the National Center for Tourism Human Resources Development to launch a control plan.

Aiming to highlight the importance of archaeology while also transforming the issue of antiquities into a social responsibility issue, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage has unveiled plans to launch what is said to be the first national antiquities forum in the region.

Responsible for supervision of the hotel sector, Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has highlighted the success of its initiatives, which resulted in a 300 percent growth of tourist accommodation options in 2016 to 6,527 facilities, compared to 1,402 in 2009.


In 2016, tourism revenue in Saudi Arabia reached SAR166.8 billion (USD44.47 billion), a growth rate of seven percent over 2015, as revealed by Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH).

In a bid to expand its portfolio of hotels in the GCC region, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has recently announced the launch of Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al Sahafa, scheduled to open in 2019.

Etihad Holidays, a division of Etihad Airways and part of Hala Group, has recently launched services in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain, designed to cater for growing demand from the Gulf region, one of the airline’s key global markets.

STR’s May 2017 Pipeline Report revealed that 159,711 keys in 581 hotel projects were under contract in the Middle East, a 3.8 percent year-on-year increase in the number of rooms in the construction or planning stages.

Elaf Group has announced an upcoming opening of a five-star hotel in Jeddah, set to further reinforce the developer’s strategic expansion and presence in Saudi Arabia.

HotelsCombined revealed that in 2016, the UAE and Saudi Arabia were among the top destinations in the GCC visited by business and leisure travellers from the UK, accounting for 10 percent of all visitors, with Australia and the US following.

For the first time in the Middle East, Deer Jet showcased its 787 Dream Jet during a stopover at Doha International Airport, as part of a series of displays in key international charter destinations titled Dreams Encounter the World.

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