Tourists spend more than $9.5 billion in Saudi in July, August 2019

Tourists spend more than $9.5 billion in Saudi in July, August 2019
Tourists spent more than 56 million nights in Saudi in the last two months
Published: 15 September 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
By: Hotelier Middle East Staff

Tourists in Saudi Arabia spent SAR36.2 billion (US$ 9.6 billion) in July, August 2019, when compared to SAR33 billion ($8.8 billion) during the same period in 2018, a recent report by Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage revealed.

Additionally, 3.2 million tourists visited the kingdom in the last two months, when compared to 3 million during the same period in 2018, a report by the Saudi Press Agency said.

Tourists spent more than 56 million nights in Saudi in the last two months, compared to 52.9 million last year for the same period, during which they spent about SAR36.2 billion (US$ 9.6 billion) compared to SAR33bn ($8.8 billion) in 2018.

The centre's indicators showed the increase of domestic tourist movement from January to August 2019 to reach 30 million trips, an increase of 3.4% over the same period last year and a total of 156.5 million tourist nights compared to 156.2 million tourist nights in 2018.

The report revealed that the number of travellers outside the Kingdom during the period from January to August 2019 decreased by 5.8% in comparison to the same period last year, where the number in July and August 2019, in conjunction with the time of summer vacation, rose to 4.4 million passengers in the 4.6 million passengers for the same period in 2018.

According to the "MAS" report, the volume of tourist nights spent by travellers outside Saudi in July and August this year amounted to 78.4 million nights, a decrease of 4.6% from 2018, during which they spent nearly SAR 16.4 billion ($4.3 billion), down by 5.9% from the same summer period last year.

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