How to Setup Travel and Tourism Company in KSA?

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An ideal travel and tourism sector is one of the fundamental driving forces for any economy. Unlike UAE and other countries, Saudi Arabia has launched massive tourism projects across the Kingdom to make the country a tourism leader in KSA and all across the Middle East. Today, many foreign investors and entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia find travel tourism companies one of the fastest-growing in the upcoming years. Are you also one of them who wants to get started with their tourism and travel agencies in the Kingdom?

If yes, you are at the right place! This article will be your complete guide for setting up a business in Saudi Arabia. From why you should choose Saudi Arabia for a tourism company to how to open it, you will find everything under a single roof! So, are you excited?

Let’s get started!

Why Travel and Tourism Company in Saudi Arabia?

Undoubtedly, the oil sector has been playing an essential role in the growth and development of Saudi Arabia’s economy for many decades. But we should not forget the landmark decision of the Saudi Government regarding the issuance of instant tourist visas in 2019, which built a strong foundation to make the country less dependent only on the oil sector.

Earlier, people with business visas and pilgrims were allowed to visit the country. But you won’t believe that within ten days of implementing the decision of instant tourist visa, 24000 foreigners visited the Kingdom, and that was unimaginable!

Along with that, Vision 2030 launched by the Saudi Government has also reshaped the roadmap for the economic growth of KSA to a large extent. As a part of Vision 2030, the Saudi Government emphasizes expanding the travel tourism industry with the best tourism projects of more than $810 billion.

You must be surprised that the travel and tourism sector lies at the heart of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Interesting, right? Bearing all the facts stated here, it is clear that the Saudi Government wants to open the country to the world and make it one of the largest tourism industries.

If you plan for big growth in Saudi Arabia, establishing a travel tourism company is one of the most trending and lucrative opportunities; thanks to Vision 2030!

How to Apply for Travel and Tourist Activities’ Licenses in KSA:

The Government of Saudi Arabia has well designed and developed a separate e-portal to apply for any licenses for tourism activities such as:

  • Tour Operator/Organizer License,
  • Tourism & Travel Agency License,
  • Tourist Guide License,
  • Tourism Accommodation Facility License, etc.

The e-licensing service portal has made it effortless for tourism license seekers. Apart from obtaining a new travel business license, this portal also provides various other perks, for instance:

  • License modification
  • Trade name modification
  • Location change
  • Add or cancel any activity
  • Renewal
  • Transfer
  • License cancellation
  • Updating the current data, etc.

Basically, there are two principal goals of the Saudi Government in providing the e-government procedure:

  1. To increase speed, accuracy, performance, and transparency
  2. To meet the targeted goals of the Government as fast as possible without any hassle

Four Essential Pre-requisites for Obtaining the License:

  1. Commercial register (Except in the case of tourist guides activity license)
  2. Municipal license (Except in the case of tourist guides activity license)
  3. An account in the unified access service
  4. National address

Step By Step Guidance for Obtaining Travel and Tourism Company License in Saudi Arabia:

  1. Go to the Ministry of Tourism website
  2. Click on the “Create an Account” button if you don’t have an account with the ministry of tourism website. If you have already registered, you can directly log in to your account with your Username/ID number and password.
  3. Once you land on the electronic system, apply for a license
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions
  5. Now affix the copy of the commercial register stating the activity name, category, and license number, or reserve the company name.
  6. Now, it’s time to enter your personal information
  7. After that, you need to attach a copy of a municipal license indicating the activity.
  8. It will ask the trademark and your office photos to be attached
  9. Now, it’s time to pay the financial consideration, which may vary for different activities. But remember that it will not be refundable once the license is issued.
  10. At this stage, it is require to attach the national address
  11. Once you complete all the above procedures, your license will be issued, and you can print online.

While following the above process to get the license of travel tourism activities, if you get any issues, you can send the technical support report to the respective department and affix a picture explaining your complete problem.

Final Note:

Setting up a travel tourism company in KSA is one of your commendable choices, but it asks for a huge technical knowledge. It might be difficult or sometimes impossible for an individual to go through all these processes to set up his travel business in the Kingdom.

But wait, what if we, the Business Link team, can be your savior from this lengthy and complex procedure? Yes, we can, and we will be your ultimate destination to let you assist in bringing your dream travel agency to reality in Saudi Arabia!

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