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Saudi tourism to bag SR66 billion this year

Published: Jun 13, 2010 23:19 Updated: Jun 13, 2010 23:19 

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's tourism industry is expected to make a revenue of SR66 
billion this year, said Salah Al-Bakhit, deputy chairman of Saudi Commission 
for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

"This figure is 4.76 percent more than the revenue earned in 2009," Al-Bakhit 
said in a statement that was carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.

He was optimistic about the future of the country's tourism industry. "By the 
year 2015 its revenue would reach SR118 billion and by 2020 it would jump 
further to SR232 billion," he said.

Making a presentation on "Creating a tourism investment climate in the 
Kingdom," Al-Bakhit said the revenue of transport sector would increase by 
eight percent in 2010 to reach SR30 billion.

Restaurants and coffee shops are expected to earn a revenue of SR36 billion in 
2010, up 9 percent compared to last year.

The number of jobs in the tourism sector rose from 333,125 in 2000 to 457,658 
in 2009, registering an annual growth rate of 7.4 percent.

"The number of Saudis working in the field rose by 60 percent from 66,704 to 
117,384 during the same period," the official said.

He disclosed SCTA's plan to establish a holding company for tourism development 
in order to carry out tourism projects in various parts of the country in 
association with private and public sectors.

"We also intend to provide public land on long lease to attract investment. The 
old Okaz Souq in Taif will be floated for private investment in order to 
develop the area for cultural tourism," he explained.

Al-Bakhit is hopeful that investment in the Kingdom's tourism sector would grow 
as a result of the country's increasing tourism prospects, its economic 
strength and growing population.

He said tourism would strengthen the Kingdom's economy, diversify its revenue, 
create more jobs for its citizens and provide investment opportunities for 
small and medium enterprises.

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