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Saudi Arabia prepares for tourist influx

Saudi Arabia prepares for tourist influx
28 Jan 2014

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is close to experiencing a dramatic tourist influx that will see visitors flocking to the country in order to witness its unique culture and special place at the heart of the Islamic religion.

This is according to the Saudi Commission of Tourism and Antiquities, which is working round the clock in order to develop the all-important infrastructure that will support these newcomers during their time in the nation.

A number of projects and programmes are already in motion, with measures being implemented to allow for the development of 34,800 new hotel rooms in the next five years.

The government is also making huge investments into such schemes, with the idea being that a newly invigorated tourist industry will provide jobs for Saudi nationals, who often struggle to find work in a country where it is legal to pay foreign nationals less.

However, this is not the only incentive, with the Kingdom hoping that the sector will help to bring a sizable chunk of income into Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Commission of Tourism and Antiquities is aided in its mission by the Elaf Group, which has been designated the task of contributing resources and manpower to assist the development of the Saudi travel and tourism industry.

In a statement from the company, Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, president of the Elaf Group, said that progress is going well.

'Aside from working towards the general development of tourism, the Elaf Group is also helping position Saudi Arabia as a priority destination for travellers eyeing tourism options in Arab countries,' he commented.

'Elaf Group is keen to make active contributions towards the development of the tourism industry as well as various travel and tourism initiatives undertaken in the Kingdom as planned by the SCTA.'ADNFCR-408-ID-801687442-ADNFCR

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