BMI View: Saudi Arabia is set to see an increase rise in tourist arrivals between 2015 and 2019, with increasing numbers of business travellers and religious visitors boosting the tourist market within the country. Backed by governmental support, transport infrastructure investment and foreign hotel group development, the industry is in good shape. However, regional insecurity and low oil prices present a genuine downside risk that may affect government fiscal spending if continued in the long term.
Tourism is becoming increasingly important to Saudi Arabia as it looks to move away from an over-reliance on oil exports. It is estimated that more than 1.7mn additional jobs could be generated by further developing the tourism industry in the country, which will help to raise employment levels, especially in less-educated groups of workers in the country. The government is helping to improve the industry by investing in transport infrastructure, which is also helping provide a fiscal impetus into the economy, which has been somewhat hurt by the decline in oil prices in the past year. Major airport developments in Jeddah and Riyadh are well under way and are likely to help arrival figures reach 19.5mn by 2019.
Hotel investment has been high in the country for the past few years thanks to rising demand (especially for religious pilgrimages) and stable economic conditions attracting foreign investment. The focus recently has been on the development of high-end, luxury hotels, and this trend is continuing with high levels of investment in Jeddah, Mecca and Riyadh. While helping to meet demand for businessmen and more wealthy travellers, the country would benefit from introducing options for less opulent tourists, especially around the time of Hajj, when accommodation prices increase substantially. The reliance on religious tourism in parts of the country is also a concern, partly as it creates an unbalanced, seasonal tourism industry. The government is...
The Saudi Arabia Tourism Report has been researched at source and features BMI Research's independent assessment and forecasts for tourist expenditure; government expenditure on tourism; passenger arrivals and departures by mode of transport, reason for travel, origin and destination; and the accommodation market.
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BMI Industry View
This contains a synopsis of our forecasts, and any changes, together with an overview of key trends and developments in the tourism industry, and an assessment of the impact of various economic and national factors which might affect the sector. It also covers new transport projects, new hotel developments, and acquisitions.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the tourism sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
BMI Industry Forecast Scenario
Forecasts to end-2019 for all key indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecasts:
- Inbound Tourism: Total arrivals (‘000 and growth % y-o-y), arrivals by region (‘000 and growth % y-o-y), arrivals by country (‘000 and growth % y-o-y), top 10 source countries for arrivals.
- Outbound Tourism: Total departures (‘000 and growth % y-o-y), departures by regional destination (‘000 and growth % y-o-y), departures by country (‘000 and growth % y-o-y), top 10 destination countries.
- Travel & Receipts: Methods of travel for arrivals (air, ship, rail) (‘000 and growth % y-o-y), international tourism receipts for transport (USDbn and growth % y-o-y), international tourism receipts for travel items (USDbn and growth % y-o-y).
- Hotels: Hotel industry value (USDbn and growth % y-o-y), number of hotels (‘000 and growth % y-o-y), total overnight stays (‘000 and growth % y-o-y), length of stay, occupancy rate (%), number of total
BMI’s Tourism Risk Reward Index
BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (tour operators, tourism infrastructure investors, financial institutions) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards.
Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.
This contains a comprehensive overview of the tourism industry in the country, its overall value, the value of its hotels industry, trends in the hotels industry and any new developments. It also contains an evaluation of the top 10 global hotel groups’ presence in the country, which brands are present in which cities, the number of hotels and any planned developments and strategies. The Market Overview also considers the tourism infrastructure developments in the country, in particular transport infrastructure projects such as ports and airports. Tables are also included from our regularly updated Key Projects Database, which contain details of projects, their value, the time frame, their current status, the companies involved and their estimated completion dates.
This section provides insight into key domestic players in the hotel industry, discussing, for example, the number of hotels, brands, financial data, geographical spread, recent developments and strategies of individual companies.
The Tourism Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.
*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reprts instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.