This chapter includes the following articles.
The second half of 2019 saw some of the most exciting developments yet for Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector. In a softening of regulations, the government created a new visa category for tourists as it looks to grow the industry. While the full extent of the impact of Covid-19 on Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector was difficult to gauge as of March 2020, it is clear that the pandemic is set to significantly affect tourism numbers not just in the Kingdom but around the world for the year. In the long term, however, the prospects for the sector look bright, with efforts to open up Saudi Arabia’s once little-known and undiscovered landscapes, history and culture to foreign visitors.