Tourism to account for 15% of Saudi Arabia’s GDP by 2030

KSA aims to attract 100 million visitors a year

As Saudi Arabia continues to diversify its economy away from oil, the kingdom’s  tourism sector is estimated to contribute an expected GDP of US$1.86 trillion by 2030.

Saudi’a plans to generate income streams from non-oil sectors have led to substantial investments in its tourism offering that have grabbed headlines globally. If achieved, the ambitious target to attract 100 million visitors a year will see the sector contribute up to 15% of the GDP.


Speaking at an investment forum with Greek ministers in Riyadh, Saudi investment minister Khalid Al-Falih said that Saudi Arabia’s National Investment Strategy will launch direct investment opportunities by 2030 worth US$3.27 trillion.

Naming religious tourism, domestic tourism and international tourism as areas of focus, Al-Falih added: “By 2030 the aim is to have 500,000 hotel keys, most of which will be new, with 100 million visits per year.”

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