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Dammam tourists attraction is increasing rapidly, and inviting tourists from many regions for various purposes. Consequently, this increases the load on the accommodation facilities. However, the accommodation facilities are randomly distributed. For example, they are concentrated within the urban areas of the metropolitan, which is about 50 Km apart from the main attraction area.
This study aims to propose a suitable distribution plan for tourists accommodation in Dammam Metropolitan area. The planning proposals of the study were generated on the basis of the main attraction areas and the tourist’s preferences. For the accomplishment of the study goal and objectives the study investigated the existing accommodation facilities conditions. In addition, a socio economic survey was conducted to explore tourists’ preferences and characteristics.
The study generated three alternatives for the distribution of tourists’ accommodation. They are as follow:
First Alternative adopts the existing trend concept to minimize the implementation cost in which the concentration of tourists accommodation will remain within the urban areas.
Second Alternative, is based on the concept of multi node accommodation centers along the transportation network, which will provide maximum mobility for tourists.
Third Alternative focuses on reducing tourist commuting between the accommodation facilities and the attraction area, by locating the accommodation facilities within the metropolitan attraction. As a result a new Tourists City will be established within the main attraction area.
The result of alternative evaluation resulted in selecting the third alternative as the best. Therefore, the tourists accommodation is distributed according to the tourists preference. The implementation policy resulted in proposing Higher Authority for Tourism Affairs in Al-Dammam metropolitan. The authority will coordinate the city development and construction of the infrastructure. Also, the implementation policy proposed a consortium company to coordinate the construction and management of the new accommodation facilities.