Covid-19 may limit Saudi Arabia tourism expansion | News

first_imgGlobalData forecasts that Saudi Arabia’s international arrivals will reach 21 million by 2024. Ben Cordwell, tourism analyst at GlobalData explains that does not mean that Saudi Arabia cannot become a dominant force in the Middle East destination market.“The Red Sea Project is looking to establish Saudi Arabia as a luxury tourist destination which could attract many of the tourists that travel to Dubai each year, particularly high-spending travellers from the UK and China. – Advertisement – OlderMSC Magnifica suspends sailings until late December “Meanwhile, the capital city of Riyadh has the potential to establish itself as a premium luxury destination to rival Dubai.”Religious attractions and celebrations is already the main source of tourism in the country with millions of international visitors arriving to take part in the Hajj and Umrah. A more accessible Saudi Arabia could attract a greater number of Muslim visitors to these events each year.Cordwell continued: “Saudi Arabia is also home to historical sites dating back thousands of years, and so the country could become a hub for cultural tourism to the Middle East thereby diversifying the type of tourist that the country attracts.”Sports tourism is another area that Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in, recently hosting Anthony Joshua’s world title fight against Andy Ruiz. Hosting major sporting events provides Saudi Arabia with a major opportunity to market itself as a prime tourist destination.Cordwell concluded: “Saudi Arabia offers much that can attract a high number of international visitors each year. “The country has a number of initiatives in place to help achieve its ambitious tourist targets to 2030, but it remains to be seen how much of a limiting factor Covid-19 has on international arrivals over the coming years.”Image: KAEC NewerChile leads winners at 2020 Latin America World Travel Awards Saudi Arabia can become a regional tourism powerhouse, according to new analysis of the region. However, the country is unlikely to reach its optimistic annual visitor goals as the Covid-19 pandemic hits global travel. – Advertisement – The Middle Eastern destination is seeking to welcome 100 million guests annually by 2030, Fahd Hamidaddin, chief executive of the Saudi Tourism Authority, recently stating the country remained on track. However, this would mean a near six-fold increase in tourist arrivals over the next 11 years, from the 17 million visitors the country welcomed in 2019, argues GlobalData, a data and analytics company.An increase on this scale now appears overly ambitious, with the massive impact that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has had on global travel and tourism. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Avalanche sign J.T. Compher to 4-year deal; Mikko Rantanen still waiting

first_imgWe have signed JT Compher to a four-year deal.#GoAvsGo https://t.co/7KJUgmzCeG— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) July 17, 2019Compher scored 16 goals and added 16 assists for the Avalanche last season finishing fifth and 10th, respectively, on the team in the two categories.”J.T. has been one of our most versatile forwards over the past two years,” Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic said in a release. “He plays on our power play, kills penalties and has played up and down our lineup. He has scored some big goals late in games and we are counting on him to have an even more expanded role moving forward. We are excited to have him under contract for the next four seasons.” Related News As of now, the Avalanche have not given him a deal and many restricted free agents remain in limbo across the league as Mitch Marner, Patrik Laine and Matthew Tkachuk are all still waiting for contracts.We’ll see how long all of these players will have to wait for their deals. The Avalanche gave a young forward a new contract Wednesday, and no, it wasn’t Mikko Rantanen.Colorado signed 24-year-old J.T. Compher to a four-year, $14 million deal, the team announced. This was Compher’s second full season with the club. He scored 13 goals and added 10 assists in his first full year with the team following a 21-game stint in 2016-17.This is an important deal for the Avalanche in that they lock up one of their better young players, who was a second-round pick in 2013, but it does beg another question — when will the team figure out Rantanen’s contract situation?Rantanen is coming off of a career year in which he scored 31 goals and added 56 assists, but he remains a restricted free agent who is either waiting for a new deal or an offer sheet to be placed on him from another team. NHL trade news: Blackhawks acquire Zack Smith from Senators for Artem Anisimovlast_img read more

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Chiefs-Steelers Capsule

first_imgKANSAS CITY (1-0) at PITTSBURGH (0-0-1)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Steelers by 4 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Kansas City 1-0, Pittsburgh 0-1SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 23-11LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Chiefs 19-13, Oct. 15, 2017LAST WEEK — Chiefs beat Chargers 38-28; Steelers tied Browns 21-21AP PRO32 RANKING — Chiefs No. 7, Steelers No. 11CHIEFS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (20), PASS (11).CHIEFS DEFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (22), PASS (31).STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (5), PASS (5).STEELERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (31), PASS (6).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Steelers won seven of last eight vs. Chiefs. Pittsburgh victory in Kansas City last October kick-started eight-game winning streak. … Chiefs winless in Pittsburgh since 1986 (0-6); Steelers 15-2 in home openers at Heinz Field. … Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes threw four TDs in opening win in Los Angeles. Only third time in team history QB passed for four scores in opener. …. … Chiefs WR/PR Tyreek Hill had 58-yard TD reception and 91-yard punt return for score in San Diego. Hill is third player in NHL history with 50-plus yard TD catch and 90-plus yard punt return TD in same game. … Hill’s 13 touchdowns of 50-plus yards tied for most in player’s first 35 games in NFL history. … Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt leads NFL with 1,376 yards rushing since start of 2017 season. … Chiefs LB Dee Ford had one sack vs. Chargers. Veteran missed 10 games in 2017 due to back injury. … Pittsburgh’s tie in Cleveland was franchise’s third since 1970 and first since 2002 … Steelers turned over ball six times vs. Browns. QB Ben Roethlisberger was responsible for five (three interceptions, two fumbles). … Steelers without 2017 All-Pro RB Le’Veon Bell. Bell still has not signed one-year franchise tender. … Pittsburgh led NFL with 57 sacks in 2017. Steelers sacked Cleveland’s Tyrod Taylor seven times in 2018 opener, three sacks by second-year LB J.J. Watt. … Steelers only team with 300-yard passer (Roethlisberger), 100-yard rusher (James Conner) and 100-yard receiver (JuJu Smith-Schuster) in Week 1. … Roethlisberger slowed by right elbow injury during week but expected to play in his 202nd game (second most in franchise history). … Fantasy tip: Roethlisberger’s had his way with Chiefs — 15-year veteran is 7-1 all-time against Kansas City with 14 TDs against four picks. His QB rating when facing Chiefs (115.8) is highest among AFC opponents.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL STEELERS RUNNING BACK JAMES CONNER, in his first career start, scored two rushing touchdowns against the Browns, Sept. 9, at FirstEnergy Stadium. But his fumble in the fourth quarter sparked the Browns’ comeback in an eventual 21-21 tie. (Photo by Courier photographer Thomas Sabol)last_img read more

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