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Marriott International has signed an agreement with Assila Investments to bring its Luxury Collection brand for the first time to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

AMAALA, the ultra-luxury development situated along Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast, which is focused on integrated wellness and healthy living, signed a partnership agreement on September 27 with The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Centre Scientifique de Monaco and Oceanographic Institute.

The World Travel & Tourism Council [WTTC], the global body that represents the private sector of the Travel & Tourism industry, has announced a partnership with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage to make Saudi Arabia a top five inbound destination, with 100 million international and domestic visits, by 2030.

The strategic partnership will harness the power and expertise of WTTC’s global membership, world class events and 30 years experience in research and strategic policy work to support Saudi Arabia’s ambitious goals and Vision 2030 plan.

According to WTTC’s annual economic impact research data, in 2018 Travel & Tourism directly accounted for three percent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP and supported 0.6 million jobs (five percent of employment).

Saudi Arabia, with a thriving religious tourism sector, is already the largest travel and tourism economy in the Middle East.

Following the news September 27 that Saudi Arabia has introduced reforms to its visa regulations and dress-code restrictions for women to encourage foreign tourists, Richard Thompson, editorial director, GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offered his view on Saudi Arabia’s tourism market.

Boxing history will be written in the sands of Saudi Arabia as Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua OBE promise the colossal ‘Clash on the Dunes’ will go down as one of the most iconic fights of all time.

Bidfood KSA and Georges MONIN SAS France have announced that for the first time ever Saudi Arabia will host MONIN CUP 2019.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has signed a management agreement with real estate company RIKAZ Properties to develop its fourth Holiday Inn hotel in Al Khobar.

Sabre Corporation, a global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, has appointed Aditya Varma as a regional director for Sabre Travel Network Middle East (STNME) based in the region’s headquarters in Bahrain.

The Saudi Falcons Club has announced two falconry events to be held in Saudi Arabia later this year, further strengthening Kingdom’s importance as an international centre of falconry excellence.

According to the latest statistics released from the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), visitors to Mauritius from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia increased 49 percent between the months of January and July compared to the same period in 2018.