Saudi Arabia 'nets $14.3bn in tourism revenues'

15.4 million tourists visited the kingdom in 2015, local media claims
Saudi Arabia 'nets $14.3bn in tourism revenues'
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By Staff writer
Mon 11 Jul 2016 02:00 PM

Saudi Arabia generated SR53.7 billion ($14.3 billion) this year from tourism revenues, official figures reportedly show.

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) found that domestic and inbound (foreign) tourism revenues reached SR53.7 billion ($14.3 billion) this year, while outgoing Saudi tourists spent SR24.1 billion ($6.4 billion) abroad, according to local media.

Arab News said a source from the SCTNH shared data with the newspaper showing that the number of tourists to Saudi Arabia reached 15.4 million in 2015, up three percent from the previous year, while the number of outbound Saudi tourists reached 6.4 million.

Inbound tourism expenditure was reportedly the highest spending group at SR5,120 ($1,365)  per capita, compared to SR3,020 ($805) per capita for the outbound tourism group, the newspaper said.

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