There were 6.9 million tourists of Umrah and Hajj reached out to Saudi Arabia in 2013, as the official estimation.
Saudi Arabia’s most recent visa scheme, which will allow pilgrims to stay in the Kingdom with an extension for a month on the Umrah visas will commence soon, a spokesperson from Saudi Tourism and Antiquities Committee told to media.
Umrah Visa Extension Tourism Programme, which was being announced the last year, has still not been activated yet but is anticipated to commence in a month’s period, Hamad Al Sheikh (vice president of marketing and programmes) has said to an interview to Gulf Business SCTA’s.
There have been lots of demand in the industry, but they do not have adequate tour operators to manage the load, alluding it as one of the major reasons for the holdup in initiating extension on Umrah visa for visitors.
He further said that the tourism authorities have been building up aptitude along with a number of different tour operators prior to Saudi Government allows more visitors.
SaudiKingdom, which remained stopped up to foreign tourists, is now looking to enhance its tourism industry by improving domestic tourism and by pattering into large copse of religious tourists that gather to holy localities throughout the country.
Approximately 17 million visitors reached out to Saudi Arabia in 2013, 6.9 million out of which were religious visitors, official estimation show. Domestic tourists were 23 million the last year whereas the country received about 1.3 million of business visitors.