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Saudi inbound, outbound tourism continues to surge

Saudi inbound, outbound tourism continues to surge

According to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, more than 1.8 million foreign pilgrims travelled to Hajj in 2011, with all evidence pointing to continued increase over the next few years. In the first quarter of 2012 alone, 2.9 million foreign tourists visited the country, spending nearly US 1.9 billion according to a report released by the Tourism Information and Research Centre.

Riyadh hotels sees 40% increase in occupancy rates

Riyadh hotels sees 40% increase in occupancy rates

According to data by STR Global, hotels in the Saudi capital, Riyadh have seen strong occupancy growth in September with a 40% rise in occupancy rates, average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (revPAR) in September compared to the same month in 2010, Saudi Gazette has reported.

Saudi Arabia shuts 14 hotels in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia shuts 14 hotels in Riyadh

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has shut down 14 hotels and furnished apartments after inspectors found them in violation of the set standards, Saudi Gazette has reported.

SCTA shuts down 36 hotels and furnished apartments

SCTA shuts down 36 hotels and furnished apartments

The SCTA has warned owners of about 40 other hospitality institutions that they would face closure if they did not correct their situation before the deadline.
Last week, the commission closed 14 furnished apartments in Riyadh and gave final warning to three hotels. The institutions were closed as they were operating without licenses and were not fulfilling other SCTA conditions aimed at improving their service standards.