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Agoda partners with Saudi Ministry of Hajj to try to attract 30 million pilgrims

Agoda, one of the world’s leading online travel agents, and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah have signed a Memorandum of Understanding supporting the Kingdom’s Vision2030 goal to increase its capacity to over 30 million pilgrims by utilizing Agoda’s technology and travel expertise.
 
The agreement was signed on Monday 3 December, 2018 by H.E. Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten, the Saudi minister of Hajj and Umrah and in the presence of Damien Pfirsch, VP Strategic Partnerships & Programs Agoda, during an official ceremony at the office of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. Umrah guests to the Kingdom can now visit a dedicated Agoda portal to access select hotels that have been certified by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Umrah visitors and pilgrims bookings, as well as the wider reservation site.  Pilgrims can easily find an array of accommodation options and securely book through the multilingual and multi-currency portal.
 
According to Saudi Vision 2030 announced in 2016, the last decade has seen the number of Umrah visitors and pilgrims entering the country from abroad treble. The annual pilgrimages play a significant role in Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry, with the government aiming to grow this sector to 15 million Hajj and Umrah visitors annually by 2020, and 30 million by 2030.

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