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Articles tagged “saudi arabia”

Saudi Arabia Suspends Mecca Pilgrimages Amid Virus Fears

Saudi Arabia Suspends Mecca Pilgrimages Amid Virus Fears

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

The precautionary measure to limit entry to Islam’s holiest sites is a wise move on Saudi Arabia’s part, but this would mean a major hit on Umrah travel agents worldwide.

1 month ago

Global Hotel Chains Are Keen on $17 Billion Saudi ‘Birthplace’ Mega-Project

Global Hotel Chains Are Keen on $17 Billion Saudi ‘Birthplace’ Mega-Project

Vivian Nereim, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia, hungry for tourism dollars, has several mega-projects underway. Diriyah Gate, a UNESCO site that’s the ancestral home of the Saudi ruling family and will feature 20 hotels, eight museums and a golf course, is one of them. Global chains are taking a close look.

5 months ago

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New Skift Report: Decoding the Saudi Arabian Travel and Tourism Industry

New Skift Report: Decoding the Saudi Arabian Travel and Tourism Industry

Seera Group + Skift

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is opening its borders and taking many steps to grow its tourism industry. This report will provide an inside look at the current trends and potential of domestic, inbound, and outbound travel in the Kingdom.

5 months ago

Hotel Jobs Are Becoming More Appealing to Saudis Looking for Work

Hotel Jobs Are Becoming More Appealing to Saudis Looking for Work

Abeer Abu Omar and Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Alongside its planned tourism boom, Saudi Arabia will need a new workforce. And for the first time, it's the Saudis themselves who seem to be warming to the idea of working in the service and hospitality sector.

6 months ago

IHG Expects to Prosper Even If the Global Economy Tanks

IHG Expects to Prosper Even If the Global Economy Tanks

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A slowdown is coming — we don't know when and it probably won't be at the same scale as 2008 — but it will happen. A bullish IHG claims its business and its model makes it well-placed to ride out the storm.

6 months ago

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Since Saudi Arabia introduced a new tourist visa on Sept. 28, the focus has been on what it means for non-Muslim leisure travelers. But the new visa holds a bigger significance for the huge Muslim travel market in Asia and elsewhere.

6 months ago

Saudi Arabia’s New Tourism Frontier Explained

Saudi Arabia’s New Tourism Frontier Explained

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Businesses can’t resist the opportunities that a new frontier brings. In the case of Saudi Arabia, however, the gamble they take is whether tourists will actually go, given the kingdom’s poor image. The adage "build and they will come" is being tested.

6 months ago

Saudi Arabia Drops Requirement for Foreign Tourists Booking Hotels

Saudi Arabia Drops Requirement for Foreign Tourists Booking Hotels

Patrick Donahue, Bloomberg

Many have wondered how Saudi Arabia will lure tourists given its strict local customs. It appears the strategy is simple: —have different rules for tourists than the Kingdom does for locals.

6 months ago

Asian Resorts Drive Forward in Being Green

Asian Resorts Drive Forward in Being Green

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Beyond the glare of overdevelopment, Asia’s resorts want to be a pioneer of the sustainability movement. Here’s how they say they will do that.

6 months ago

The World Needs Reminding That Tourism Doesn’t Happen in a Political Vacuum

The World Needs Reminding That Tourism Doesn’t Happen in a Political Vacuum

Rosie Spinks, Skift

On World Tourism Day, it's worth pointing out that politics and tourism don't exist independently of each other — they collide.

6 months ago

Saudi Arabia Loosens Strict Dress Code for Female Travelers

Saudi Arabia Loosens Strict Dress Code for Female Travelers

Sarah Algethami, Zainab Fattah and Vivian Nereim, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia has taken so few real steps to open to the outside world that even small steps like this seem like big ones.

6 months ago

Saudi Arabia’s High Tourism Hopes Begin With a Botched Campaign Rollout

Saudi Arabia’s High Tourism Hopes Begin With a Botched Campaign Rollout

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Saudi Arabia certainly put a lot of thought and money into its latest promotional pitch ahead of a rumored e-visa scheme. But it takes more than drone shots to kick off a successful tourism marketing strategy — clarity in message matters too.

6 months ago