Saudi Arabia is the second fastest-growing tourism destination in the world

Saudi Arabia is the second fastest-growing tourism destination in the world



The Kingdom welcomed over 16 million tourists last year.

We've got news. Saudi Arabia has just been ranked as the second fastest-growing tourism destination in the world. According to World Tourism Organisation, the Kingdom ranks 13th globally, in countries receiving international tourists in 2022.

In 2022, Saudi Arabia welcomed a staggering 16.6 million international tourists for all purposes which put the country on the 13th spot - taking a giant leap of 12 places from its previous ranking. But that's not all. In the first quarter of 2023 alone, Saudi Arabia welcomed approximately 7.8 million international tourists, marking a remarkable 64% increase compared to the same period in 2019. Now that's an impressive surge.

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This surge in tourism can be attributed to the concerted efforts of the Saudi government and its Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry of Tourism has been working to facilitate travel visa procedures, plan targeted promotional campaigns and showcase the diverse tourism destinations in Saudi Arabia. And boy, does Saudi Arabia have some incredible destinations to offer.

From the historical wonders of AlUla to the futuristic NEOM megaproject and the stunning Red Sea coastline, there's something for every type of traveller. And the newly-opened, very luxurious Via Riyadh, in the capital is the cherry on top.


In addition to the UNWTO's recognition, the Kingdom has also achieved a significant milestone in the Travel and Tourism Development Index by the World Economic Forum. Saudi Arabia climbed ten places from its 2019 position to claim the 33rd spot globally. This indicates the Kingdom's dedication to developing its travel and tourism industry to provide an exceptional experience for visitors.

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So, whether you're a history buff, an adventure seeker, or someone in search of unique cultural experiences, Saudi Arabia is calling your name. With its fascinating heritage, stunning landscapes, and a warm welcome from its hospitable people, it's no wonder this Kingdom is rapidly becoming a must-visit destination. Pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Arabia. A world of wonders awaits you.