Tourist arrivals and spending increase in Jeddah thanks to the festivals and activities that draw huge crowds to the historical city.
Tourist arrivals in Jeddah increase by 70% and tourist spending has also risen by 50 percent with restaurants and fast food capturing the most sales and high quality restaurants registering a 45 percent increase.
Hotels and furnished apartments have also recorded an increase of 75 percent as tourists take advantage of online bookings to rent accommodations.
Jeddah is the most preferred tourist destination due to its fine weather, said Mishal Al-Nafe’, executive director for Al-Nafe consultations. He attributed the high occupancy rates in hotels to the affordable packages and the reasonable prices, stressing that the price regulations were under the supervision of the Saudi Commission for Travel and Antiquities.
He stated that the number of licensed hotels under the SCTA was 113 with 12,000 rooms; furnished units stood at 434 with more than 10,000 apartments; the number of travel agent offices reached 387 with 100 tour operating office and there were more than 49 tourist guides.