As the travel & tourism industry continues on its recovery path, outbound trips from Saudi Arabia are increasing, with people eager to resume and reboot their travel plans. According to GlobalData, this pent-up demand, coupled with increased confidence around COVID-19 protocols, is helping to drive the recovery of Saudi Arabia’s outbound travel sector. GlobalData provides a complete picture of the outbound destinations from Saudi Arabia in its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Source Tourism report. Buy the report here.

In 2023, international departures from Saudi Arabia grew by 19%.

Outbound travel from Saudi Arabia is not dominated by any single destination, but intraregional travel is a noticeable trend. In the case of Saudi Arabia, five of the ten most popular destinations are located in Middle East.

However, even when focusing only on the top ten, flows to different destinations vary. Understanding the relative size of these and identifying high-potential destinations outside of this list is key to identifying promising growth markets for Saudi Arabia as a source market and for destinations to understand current preferences among Saudi travelers so they can better target them.

According to GlobalData’s report, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Source Tourism, the most popular destinations for the country’s travelers include Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt and Turkiye among others.

For more detailed analysis of the outbound destinations from Saudi Arabia, buy GlobalData’s Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Source Tourism report.

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