|25 January, 2020

Saudi Arabia issues 350,000 tourist visas in last three months

The numbers achieved lately are very positive specially after implementing new regulations to ease the tourists’ movement to the Kingdom

Image used for illustrative purpose. Ahmed Al Khateeb, Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage announces the launch of a new tourist visa regime at a dinner at historic Diriyah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 27, 2019.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Ahmed Al Khateeb, Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage announces the launch of a new tourist visa regime at a dinner at historic Diriyah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 27, 2019.

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DAVOS — Saudi Arabia has issued 350,000 tourist visas during the last three months of 2019, according to Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Al-Arabiya reported.

Al-Khatib said the numbers achieved lately are very positive specially after implementing new regulations to ease the tourists’ movement to the Kingdom, such as allowing Schengen, UK and US visa holders — irrespective of nationalities — to enter the Kingdom.

“We are working on reshaping hotel licenses to make them more attractive to investors, and training human capital in a great way,” Al-Khatib added.

Meanwhile, SCTH, in cooperation with the Initiatives Center of Misk Foundation, launched the Saudi Café, on the sidelines of the "World Economic Forum 2020" in Davos, which started on Jan. 21 and will continue for 4 days.

The Saudi Café is a cultural space with interactive digital content, through which the pioneers of the World Economic Forum recognize the Saudi society and its authentic culture, which embodies the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The alignment to the aims of the Vision 20030 has opened windows to all countries and built bridges of communication with different cultures, in order to promote respect and mutual understanding. — SG/SPA

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