Saudi cities see ‘huge flow’ of tourists thanks to domestic drive

Tabuk, Al-Baha, Asir, and Makkah have seen spikes in visitors

Cities across Saudi Arabia have been seeing surges in their domestic tourism markets since the Kingdom has been inviting residents to explore their own country as a holiday spot.

According to Jeddah-based Saudi Gazette, Tabuk, Al-Baha, Asir, and Makkah have seen a ‘huge flow’ of tourists. A large number of tourists also are flocking to other major destinations such as the Red Sea coastal town of Umluj, summer tourist attractions of Taif, Abha, Al-Baha and Al-Namas.

The country’s government launched its Saudi Summers campaign in June to spur domestic tourism in lieu of any international visitors. From June until the end of September, 10 locations across Saudi have been pushing their tourism offerings. These include Jeddah and KAEC; Abha; Tabuk; Khobar, Dammam and Ahsa; Al Baha; Al Taif; Yanbu and Umluj; and Riyadh.

Studies conducted by the Ministry of Tourism and Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) showed that about 80 percent of citizens and expatriates prefer domestic tourism during the pandemic, attributed to several factors, including confidence in the health measures that are being enforced in the Kingdom to deal with the pandemic, in addition to the presence of several attractive tourist destinations.

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