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Jeddah sees 70% surge in tourism

Hotels and restaurants benefit from increase in tourism figures

Jeddah sees 70% surge in tourism

Jeddah has seen a 70 percent increase in tourists over the past year, according to the Saudi city’s chamber of commerce.

Jeddah’s festivals have been cited as one of the main reason for the increase in visitors, according to a report by Arab News.

Hotels and furnished apartments have benefited hugely from the upsurge in visitors, recording a 75 percent increase in bookings. There has also been a 50 percent rise in sales for restaurants and fast food outlets, while the higher end outlets recorded a 45 percent increase over the same period.

Hamad Al-Bishri, member of the tourist committee in the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry encouraged travel agencies to increase their offers to meet the growing demand from tourists, who have increased their overall holiday spend by 50 percent.

Mishal Al-Nafe, executive director for Al-Nafe consultations, said he expected the volume of spending on hotel accommodation to reach $4 million this year.

According to statistics issued by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), Jeddah has 113 licensed hotels with 12,000 rooms; 434 furnished units, with more than 10,000 apartments; 387 travel agent offices and 100 tour operating offices.

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Critic 5 years ago

There are touristic places in Saudia ? I thought its has only pilgrimage places.