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Saudi Arabia aiming to attract 7.5 mn Indian visitors by 2030 Riyadh
Saudi Arabia is eyeing to attract 7.5 million Indian visitors by 2030. Photo Courtesy: Pixabay

Saudi Arabia aiming to attract 7.5 mn Indian visitors by 2030

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Feb 2024, 03:07 pm

Alhasan Aldabbagh, President - Asia Pacific, Saudi Tourism Authority, has said  Riyadh aims to attract 7.5 million Indian visitors by 2030.

Emphasising India as a pivotal market, he highlighted a substantial 50 per cent growth in Indian visitors to Saudi Arabia last year, outlining plans to achieve the 2030 vision, reported ANI.

In a conversation with ANI, Aldabbagh said, "We're thrilled to be at SATTE. It's our third participation, and it's one of the most distinguished trade shows in South Asia. Today holds significance as we celebrate the Saudi founding day."

He said India is a priority market for Saudi Arabia.

"Last year alone, we welcomed 1.5 million visitors from India, presenting a remarkable 50 per cent growth. Looking ahead, our objective is to attract 7.5 million visitors from India to Saudi Arabia as part of our vision for 2030," he told ANI.

Addressing visa facilitation, Aldabbagh told the Indian news agency, "Recognising India's importance, we have streamlined access to Saudi. With 10 VFS offices in India, we plan to expand further this year. We've introduced a stopover program, offering a 96-hour free visa for those travelling through Saudi Airlines or flynas (a private Saudi low-cost airline). Additionally, individuals holding a US, UK, or Schengen visa are eligible for e-Visa or visa on arrival."

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