Sunday, August 27, 2017

Is Tourism really booming in Saudi Arabia?

According to this report by the arm of the Saudi lobby in DC, tourism is really booming in Saudi Arabia. But the evidence is merely Tourism festivals and this: "Saudi Arabia’s 2017 summer festivals have consisted of a broad array of activities “including cultural, heritage, sports, adventure, environment, entertainment, and shopping events,” SCTH’s media department explained. The boom in tourism and expansion in entertainment have supported Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector. Today, the Kingdom boasts 1,582 hotel options, with 42 hotels expected to open by end of year, and another 219 hotels currently under construction.".  So tourists just travel to stay in hotels and do nothing else?