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Domestic tourism surges in Saudi Arabia in July and August

Tourism abroad from Saudi Arabia fell by 5.8 percent

Domestic tourism surges in Saudi Arabia in July and August
Between January and August, a total of 30m domestic tourist movements were recorded, a 3.4 percent increase over 2018.

Total tourist trips within Saudi Arabia reached 3.2 million in July and August, up from 3m during the same months in 2018, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Citing statistics from the Tourism Information and Research Centre of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, total tourism nights over the course of the two months totalled 56m, compared to 52.9m over the same period last year.

Additionally, tourists were found to have spent about SAR36.2 billion ($9.65bn), compared to SAR33bn ($8.8bn) in 2018.

Between January and August, a total of 30m domestic tourist movements were recorded, a 3.4 percent increase over 2018. The same time period saw a total of 156.5m tourist nights, up from 156.2m in 2018.

The report added that the number of tourists who travelled abroad from Saudi Arabia between January and August fell by 5.8 percent. In July and August, a total of 4.4m tourists travelled from Saudi Arabia, compared to 4.6m over the same months in 2018.

The report also noted that the number of tourist nights spent by travellers outside the kingdom in July and August totalled 78.4m nights, 4.6 percent less than in 2018.

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