Saudis 'top overseas trip spending'
Jeddah, September 3, 2013
Saudi nationals spend a whopping $6,414 for each of their overseas trip, compared to the global average of $2,501, said a report.
The Saudis are, therefore, the biggest spending tourists in the world, followed by Australians who come second with an average of $3,962 spent on each trip, said the Saudi Gazette report quoting Visa's latest Global Travel Intentions Study.
According to the study, travellers are expected to spend more on their next trip by an average of five per cent this year.
The survey, conducted on around 13,000 people in 25 countries, found that travellers from the Middle East and Africa spend an average of $218 per day during their trip, slightly lower than the global average of $239 per day.
"Saudi Arabia is the biggest market for Dubai in terms of room occupancy," Philip Wooller, area director of STR Global for the Middle East and Africa was quoted as saying.
Last year, Saudi Arabia topped the source markets with 1,128,757 visitors to Dubai. The number was less for Abu Dhabi, with 70,765 visitors, said Wooller.