During the last three months of 2019, Saudi Arabia released a record 350,000 tourist visas, The Saudi Gazette announced, citing a senior tourism official.
Ahmad Al Khatib, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Tourism and National Heritage Commission (SCTH), said that the numbers recently reached are very encouraging, particularly after implementing new regulations to encourage the movement of tourists in the Kingdom, such as allowing Schengen, UK and US visa holders to enter the Kingdom, irrespective of nationalities.
“We’re working on reshaping hotel licences to make them more attractive to buyers, and significantly train human capital,” Al Khatib said. Meanwhile, SCTH has announced the launch of the Saudi Café, in collaboration with the Misk Foundation Initiatives Center, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum 2020 (WEF) in Davos.
The Saudi Cafe is a cultural space with interactive digital content, through which the WEF’s founders acknowledge the Saudi community and its authentic culture, embodying Vision 2030 of the Kingdom, the report stated. The alignment with the Vision 2030’s objectives has opened windows to all countries and developed bridges of contact with different cultures to foster respect and mutual understanding, he said.