Elaf Group has expressed its commitment to Saudi Arabia’s new ‘post oil’ economy plan, which is outlined in the country’s Vision 2030.
The plan aims to boost the KSA’s tourism sector and capitalise on the influx of tourists visiting the Kingdom for their Hajj pilgrimage.
According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, more than 600,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive in Madinah this week before Hajj.
The initiatives highlighted in Vision 2030 aim to boost the number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims to 30 million annually. Statistics have highlighted that the frequency of people visiting Makkah to perform Hajj is increasing year-on-year, estimating a growth from 12 million in 2012 to almost 17 million by 2025.
At the moment, tourism for religious purposes contributes up to three per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
CEO, Elaf Group, Ziyad Bin Mahfouz remarked: “The continued growth in religious tourism is a positive development that signals that the Kingdom is on the right track in its national economic plan. Religious tourism will significantly contribute to the country’s shift towards the post oil era. There is a huge room for growth in tourism, not only for religious pilgrimages.”
Mahfouz added: “In line with our commitments to support the tourism sector, especially the segment of tourism for religious purposes and the Kingdom’s national economy, we are providing a wide range of services to facilitate and guarantee a comfortable stay in our hotels in Makkah and Madinah while performing Hajj. Our hotels have been equipped with the latest facilities to accommodate Hajj performers where they will enjoy both a relaxing and a religious ambience throughout their stay.”
Concluding, he said: “We continue to innovate with our service offerings for our guests such as extended and all-inclusive packages for all our hotels in Saudi Arabia, so that they can explore other parts of the country before or after their Hajj or Umrah performance.”