By RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
Published: Apr 14, 2012 01:10 Updated: Apr 14, 2012 01:10
Close to half million Saudis visited tourist destinations in foreign countries during the recently ended short school vacation, according to an official study published yesterday. While 486,505 Saudi tourists visited foreign countries spending SR1,65 billion, 616,586 foreigners came to the Kingdom spending SR1,48 billion during the semester vacation over the last 10 days in March, a statistical study published by the Tourism Information and Research Center (Mas), a subsidiary of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), said.
While average spending of a Saudi who traveled abroad was SR3,394, a foreign tourist to the Kingdom spent SR1,862, the study added. The largest number of Saudis, 145,300 people, went to Bahrain and 91,000 to Kuwait followed by 80,800 to the United Arab Emirates. The figures were collected from all exit points of the Kingdom. With 92,133 visitors, the UAE topped the list of tourists to the Kingdom followed by 85,905 from Bahrain. The number of Kuwaitis visiting the Kingdom was put at 77,875.