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Saudi Tourism Development Fund launches program to support 10,000 SMEs
The Saudi Tourism Development Fund announced the launch of the Tourism Aid program to support 10,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in the Kingdom, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Tourism Development Fund signs partnership agreement with Hilton
Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Development Fund signed an agreement with Hilton on Tuesday to promote strategic partnerships between the two entities.
Saudi Arabia, Morocco sign deal to enhance cooperation in tourism
Saudi Arabia and Morocco signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday to encourage and develop cooperation in tourism, and coordinate efforts to achieve the sustainable development of the industry in both countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Tourism Development Fund allocates $266m to back 50 projects, reveals minister
The Saudi Tourism Development Fund has allocated SR1 billion ($266 million) to back up to 50 medium and small projects the Kingdom’s Minister of Tourism Ahmed bin Aqil Al-Khatib has announced.
Bahrain secures $291m tourism sector investments in 2022
The Bahrain Economic Development Board has secured 110 million Bahraini dinars ($291 million) in direct investment in the tourism sector during the first nine months of 2022, according to a statement.
Aramco beats expectations with record quarterly profit of $42bn
Saudi Aramco’s profit has surged 39 percent in the third quarter of 2022, surpassing the average of analysts’ forecasts.
Oman announces visa-free entry for GCC residents
All GCC residents can now enter the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Airports announced on Wednesday.
Saudia continues departure phase of Hajj pilgrims
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has begun transporting Hajj pilgrims to their homes after completing their rituals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah hotels occupancy touches 64% in May, highest since September 2019
The hotel industry in Jeddah has reported its highest performance level since September 2019, with the occupancy rate touching 64 percent in May, according to preliminary data released by global hospitality insight provider STR.
Saudi commerce minister visits Madinah Museum preserving Islamic heritage
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Commerce and Acting Minister of Media Majid al-Qasabi
Saudi Arabia to spend $100m to train 100,000 locals to join tourism sector
Saudi Arabia has allocated $100 million to provide training for 100,000 people to work in the tourism and sustainability sector, as the Kingdom continues its steady journey to become a global tourism hub by the end of this decade, according to the tourism minister.
Tourism direct contribution to Saudi GDP fell to 1.7% in 2020
Tourism direct contribution to Saudi GDP fell to 1.7 percent in 2020, official data showed.
Saudi tourism sees 130% recovery in Q1 compared to pre-pandemic levels, authority CEO says
As a recovery in Saudi tourism continues, the first quarter of 2022 has witnessed over 130 percent of growth in the sector, compared to pre-pandemic levels, the CEO of the Saudi Tourism Authority said during the Arabian Travel Market event.
Saudi Tourism Development Fund approves tourism projects worth $400m
Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Development Fund approved six strategic tourism projects worth SR1.5 billion ($400 million) in the first quarter of 2022, Argaam has reported.
Saudi Arabia to invest $100m in Tourism Support Fund alongside World Bank: Minister
Saudi Arabia has vowed to dedicate $100 million to establish the Tourism Support Fund in collaboration with the World Bank, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khatib, the minister of tourism.
Saudi Tourism Ministry, PNU launch English and French tourism diplomas
The Saudi Ministry of Tourism has announced the launch of two new higher diploma programs in tourism, in partnership with the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia reinstates visa on arrival for holders of US, UK, Schengen visas
Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it had reinstated the visa on arrival program that allows holders of valid visas from the US, UK and Schengen area to enter the country.
Tourism to contribute 15% to Saudi $1.86tn economy by 2030
Saudi Arabia sees tourism leading to contribute more to its GDP by 2030, which is predicted to hit $1.86 trillion, as it plans to move away from oil.
Emirates signs agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to promote tourism
Emirates has pledged its support to promoting tourism in Thailand through a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
Saudi Tourism Authority and Emirates Airline sign strategic tourism MoU
The Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) and Emirates have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost inbound tourism into Saudi Arabia and attract new segments of travellers across the airline’s extensive global network.
Soudah Development eyes 2 million annual visitors over 3,000 meters above sea level: Year in Review
It has been a busy year for Souda Development, after the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund said that a new firm would turn the mountain destination in the Asir region into a world-class luxury resort.
EU still lists Kuwait among safe countries for travel
Kuwait is among a short list of countries whose residents can still travel to Europe without restrictions.
Saudi tourism fund invests $533m on various projects in over a year
Saudi Arabia's Tourism Development Fund said on Monday it had deployed SR2 billion ($533 million) on tourism projects worth a total of around SR6 billion since its establishment last year until the end of September this year.
UK welcomes more UAE travellers by adding Sinopharm and Covaxin to approved vaccines list
The UK said it will recognise all Covid-19 vaccines on the World Health Organisation's emergency use list this month.
Saudi tourism sector set to shine, says CEO of STA
Visitors to Saudi Arabia are expected to double, according to a recent statement made by the Saudi Tourism Authority to AlArabiya on the sidelines of a travel trade event in London.
Saudi Arabia to host World Travel and Tourism Council summit next year
Riyadh has been chosen to host the 22nd Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTCC) next year.
Saudi Arabia’s tourism minister calls for a unified travel protocol post-COVID
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism Ahmed al-Khateeb called for unified travel protocols at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Summit in Riyadh, in a session titled ‘Future of Tourism - Global Perspectives,’ on Tuesday.
Weak tourism to weigh on Dubai economy until late 2022, says S&P report
Dubai is set for a "modest" recovery this year on the back of a high vaccination rate in the United Arab Emirates and limited COVID-19 restrictions, but weak international tourism will drag on the economy until late 2022, S&P Global Ratings said.
World’s largest eco-tourism project, TRDSC, to takeover its neighbor: CEO
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is combining two giga project developers on the Red Sea coast to “leverage synergies” as the Kingdom goes ahead with ambitious tourism goals.
Kuwait Touristic to increase capital to $996m in bid to boost tourism
Kuwait Touristic Enterprises plans to increase its capital by 250 million dinars ($831.39 million) to 300 million, as it looks to reinvigorate tourism in the oil-rich country, its chief executive said.
Dubai Tourism continues to drive recovery with new phase of global campaign
Dubai welcomed 2.85 million international overnight visitors from January to July 2021, further accelerating momentum in this landmark year of Expo 2020 and the UAE Golden Jubilee, the latest industry data by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has revealed.
UAE outstrips global tourism trends in H1
The UAE has outperformed depressing global trends in tourism arrivals in the first half of 2021 with the decline in its hotel occupancy rates appearing less severe compared to other markets, according to findings of a study released on Tuesday.
Saudi Hajj ministry offers Umrah permits to 12 to 18-year-olds who have taken two vaccine doses
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has confirmed that local pilgrims aged from 12 to 18 can obtain Umrah permits if they have received two vaccine doses.
Saudi Arabia documents 14 archaeological sites of historical heritage
The Saudi Heritage Authority has announced the registration and documentation of 14 archeological sites representing significant historical heritage of the Kingdom in the second quarter of 2021.
Mena hotel occupancy rises amid easing travel curbs
Hotel occupancy in the Middle East North Africa region continues to improve amid easing travel restrictions, Colliers said in its latest report, while cautioning that controlled and consistent growth is the key to recovery.
Abu Dhabi hotel occupancy at highest since start of pandemic
Abu Dhabi’s hotel industry reported its highest occupancy since the start of the pandemic, according to STR.
Emirates expects over 450,000 passengers passing through Dubai over next two weekends
Emirates airline is expecting more than 450,000 passengers to travel from, to and through Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport over the course of the next two weekends on over 1,600 flights. The busiest days for the airline will be the next two weekends, 2-3 July and 9-10 July, although high passenger traffic is expected to start on June 30, and will run through 12 July.
Saudi and Tunisian ministers discuss cooperation in tourism
Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb met Tunisian Tourism Minister Habib Ammar in the Tunisian capital on Monday. During the meeting, the two ministers reviewed bilateral relations. They discussed ways to boost ties and increase cooperation in the field of tourism.
UAE tourism outlook brightens on vaccine rollout
The outlook for the UAE’s travel and tourism sector has brightened in the second quarter of 2021 as the positive impact of the country’s strong vaccine programme started to take effect, Mashreq Bank said in a report.
Saudi Arabia and Greece sign deal to boost coastal and marine tourism
Saudi Arabia and Greece on Sunday signed a cooperation agreement on sustainable coastal and marine tourism.
Dubai tourism rebound driven by French, Egyptian visitors
Dubai received 450,000 tourists in March 2021, up from 40,000 in the depths of the pandemic in June of last year, said the CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), Issam Kazim.
Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Provides Interactive Screens for Guidance Map of the Grand Mosque
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque, represented by Projects and Engineering Studies Agency, has provided interactive screens for displaying the guidance map of the Grand Mosque, its squares and facilities, as part of the agency's plan to develop and upgrade the quality of the Grand Mosque's guidance system.
Welcome to Dubai, where tourism recovery begins: Sheikh Mohammed
Dubai is ready to welcome everyone as tourism is gradually recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic following a successful vaccine rollout earlier this year.
Saudi commodities and Dubai tourism among pandemic recovery plays: Tellimer
Dubai tourism and Saudi commodities are among the emerging market sectors that offer attractive valuations for investors, Tellimer said in a research note.
GCC tourism sector to recover faster than other Mena countries
The tourism sector in the six GCC countries will recover faster than the other tourism-dependent Middle East and North Africa (Mena) countries such as Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Egypt, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said.
Saudi Tourism Development Fund, Riyad Bank partner to launch SR2bn financing fund for tourism projects
A special SR2 billion ($530 million) fund to help finance public and private sector involvement in Saudi tourism projects was launched in the Kingdom on Thursday.
DCT Abu Dhabi unveils Tourism Quality Standards and Licensing Framework
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the completion of the establishment of its fully-fledged Tourism Quality Standards and Licensing Framework, a comprehensive quality scheme which will be implemented across Abu Dhabi’s tourism products and services.
Saudi Red Sea tourism plan to clinch a $3.7bn green loan
Saudi Arabia is weeks away from clinching the first significant funding package for a key part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s program to diversify the Kingdom’s economy, Bloomberg reported.
UAE tourism seen as top play by Bank of America as global travel resumes
The UAE could be one of the biggest beneficiaries from a resumption of global travel in the second half of the year according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
UAE tourist visa extended free; valid till March 31
Holders of expired tourist visas can now stay in the country until March 31, Khaleej Times has learnt.
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