Umrah provides $1.6b boost to Saudi economy

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The head of the transportation committee at the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry said this year's Umrah season has provided a $1.6 billion boost to the local economy, Saudi Gazette reported.

Saad Al-Qurashi told Al-Watan daily that this figure includes accommodation, transport and food services.

"The average Umrah visitor spends about $270 and Umrah pilgrims visiting Makkah spent at total of more than $1.6 billion, which allowed for a very profitable Umrah season," he said.

He pointed out this year's Umrah season was very good and complaints have significantly declined from last year.

He noted five-star hotels in Makkah central area reported 100 percent occupancy rates, while accommodation around the central area had an average 60 percent occupancy rate.

"Umrah companies have become very experienced and can manage to avoid losses and deal with any obstacles they may face," he said.

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