The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is said to have received 24,000 visitors within just 10 days from the launch of the new programme, where tourists can get their visa on arrival after applying on the online portal.
According to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, the governments are looking forward to attracting 100mn tourists annually by 2030; which will have a positive impact on the total GDP of the kingdom raising the contribution of tourism from 3% to 10%.
The new tourist visa programme that came into effect from September earlier this year is available online and on arrival to holidaymakers who already hold a visa from the United States, Britain or the EU’s Schengen zone, expanding eligibility beyond an initial list of 49 countries.
The tourist visa programme has added to the optimism of the Saudi hotel sector with hotels such as Millennium Taiba and Al Aqeeq, both five-star hotels at the heart of Madinah, expecting more visitors to the Kingdom, which will, in turn, boost its tourism sector, attract travel agencies and influence new collaborations.
Ibrahim Sindi, Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing at the properties said, “We are extremely optimistic about the new tourist visa programme. Our expectations go beyond driving more visitors and strengthen the occupancy rates, the new programme will help sustain the occupancy rates over various seasons of the year. This will give Muslim tourists an unprecedented chance to discover the extraordinary beauty of Saudi Arabia and try our hotel luxurious services while visiting Madinah.”
Comprising 208 rooms elegantly designed and equipped with the latest amenities, Millennium Taiba Hotel Madinah is a perfect getaway for guests who are looking for unforgettable memories at the heart of Madinah. The hotel also offers a wide range of culinary art experiences throughout its various restaurants and food outlets. While Millennium Al Aqeeq offers its guests a premium view to the holy Haram of Madinah and easy access to four historical sites within Madinah. With 505 rooms, classically and elegantly designed, the hotel provides access to 4 historic mosques, the lively Old Bazaar, as well as the commercial, financial, and shopping hub.