Tourism is one of the biggest industries worldwide, responsible for a large amount of employment across nations. This is very much the case in Saudi Arabia, where latest research predicts nearly 1.8 million people will work in the industry by 2020, almost tripling 2011 figures. This reflects incredible growth in the country, and also indicates the opportunities for tourism businesses worldwide (Skift).
Saudi Arabia is working on developing its tourism industry, with a number of hotels being built to cater to the needs of future tourists. The objective of this increasing supply of hotel rooms is to boost the country’s tourism and attract travellers from different countries around the world. The investment into hotels in turn means the creation of direct and indirect jobs in the near future. Therefore, along with the growth and investment into Saudi Arabian tourism, an increasing number of people will be able to gain employment within the industry.
IMPACT ON THE GLOBAL TOURISM INDUSTRY
Tourism destinations around the world need to take the growth in Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry seriously. Each year, the destination sees impressive growth in foreign spending, and with both domestic and foreign tourism as well as spending on tourism continuing to grow, the future for the country looks very positive. In 2011, tourism spending reached $21.6 billion, with foreign spending increasing by about 73%.
In the last couple of years, the Middle East has really developed into a region that stands for tourism growth. Middle Eastern travellers have high expectations and familiarity when it comes to digital technologies, and are willing to spend a lot of money for their holidays. The region is most certainly one to watch, in terms of both its attractive tourism destinations, and its growing number of tech-savvy outbound travellers.
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