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Saudi Arabia spends SAR42 billion on domestic tourism

Mecca tops list of Saudi destinations, followed by Medina

Spending on domestic tourism in Saudi Arabia amounted to SAR42.2 billion from January to September 2015, reveals a report.

The statistical report issued by the Saudi Tourism Information and Research Center (MAS) shows that the number of trips rose from 23.8 million in 2013 to 37.1m in 2014, reports UAE-based Aliqtisadi.

Meanwhile, the number of domestic trips rose from 27.8m in the period from the beginning of January until the end of September 2014, to 43.3m during the same period in 2015.

Spend on food and beverages topped all expenditures in tourism, followed by accommodation and restaurants; recreation and culture; and, finally, transportation.

Mecca topped the list of Saudi domestic destinations, hauling in 14.7m in domestic trips compared with roughly 9.8m during 2013, a growth of 50 per cent.

Medina followed Mecca and accounted for 14 per cent, with approximately 5.2m trips of the total number of domestic trips in 2014, compared with 2.9m in 2013, a growth of 77 per cent.

(SAR1 = AED0.98, at the time of publishing)