His Excellency Mr. Ahmad Al-Khatib
Business Tourism includes attending a wide variety of events such as exhibitions, conferences, meetings, etc, which are of great importance culturally, socially, politically and commercially.
Many countries have are focussed on developing such activities through strengthening their related elements, including developing exhibition and conference venues, hotels and airports facilities, improving relevant regulations and governmental procedures, and developing the marketing of human resources capacities of the sector.
These type of activities have taken different names, such as, "exhibition and conference market", "meeting industry", business events" and "business tourism" to put them in specific frames to easily deal with the sector elements, and to develop these elements and market them.
Specialized associations are formed for the sector. Its employee strength is growing rapidly, in addition to growing the sector investments by various event organizing companies. It has gradually become an important economic resource as well as an independent and specialized industry presently.
Although this sector witnesses general stability on global level, it is witnessing notable growth in the Middle East, which is attributed to the economic and urban revolution that the region enjoys that contributes to the provision of wide range of fundamental facilities and services of the sector.
Given the economic importance of the exhibition and conference sector in general, and its importance for tourism in particular, special attention is paid by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and SCTH to develop this sector in the Kingdom.
business tourism trips -
SR 876 million
- 70% of tourists resided in hotels, furnished
- 61% of tourists travelled by land
tourism - Inbound trips
SR 7.7 billion
- 71% of tourist resided in hotels
- Occupies 3rd place in terms of purpose of
the visit to the Kingdom.
business tourism trips
SR 8.6 billion
tourism - Outbound trips
SR 3.6 billion