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Prince Sultan Bin Salman: tourism is the fastest-growing economic sector in the world

Prince Sultan Bin Salman: tourism is the fastest-growing economic sector in the world

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA), pointed out while delivering a speech at the 4th session of T-20 Ministers of Tourism meeting in Mexico that tourism is one … May 27, 2012
KSA tourism expenditure over SR 84.5 billion in 2011

KSA tourism expenditure over SR 84.5 billion in 2011

A recent study released a statistical report by the Tourism Information and Research Center (MAS), which has unveiled that the Saudi domestic tourism in 2011 reported over SR 84.5 billion in expenditures with an increase of 13.5 percent compared to 2010. … May 22, 2012
Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages heading to USA

Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages heading to USA

The events of the exhibition of the "Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages" has just ended its fourth leg in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany, which lasted for 64 days from January 25 this year. The exhibition is scheduled to visit … May 2, 2012
Saudi Arabia participates in the 19th Arabian Travel Market significantly and effectively

Saudi Arabia participates in the 19th Arabian Travel Market significantly and effectively

“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia participation in this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai is significant and effective” - those were the opening words of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities’ (SCTA) President HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salam … May 2, 2012
Rare relic found in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia

Rare relic found in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia

A rare pottery jug that dates back to the pre-Islamic era was found recently in the Al Ahsa municipality. This was the first time that a relic of such historic importance was located in the Al Ahsa municipality. Chance alone had led citizen Omar Ba … April 30, 2012
And the SETA 2012 winner is…

And the SETA 2012 winner is…

The winners of the Saudi Tourism Excellence Award, this year in its second session, were announced on April 4. The winners were honored by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities … April 14, 2012
Fifth edition of STTIM launched

Fifth edition of STTIM launched

His Royal Highness Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh Province, on Monday evening, April 2, launched the Fifth Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM-2012), which is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities … April 4, 2012
SCTA announces schedule of STTIM 2012

SCTA announces schedule of STTIM 2012

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) announced the schedule of the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM-2012) in a press conference held at its headquarters. STTIM-2012 is organized by SCTA under the patronage of His … March 21, 2012
14 tourism spring festivals blooming in Saudi Arabia

14 tourism spring festivals blooming in Saudi Arabia

As spring blooms, students get ready for their break and different parts of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia have geared up to embrace more than 14 tourism events. Supported by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), tourism development … March 20, 2012
SCTA reports 2.7 percent growth in tourism jobs

SCTA reports 2.7 percent growth in tourism jobs

In a statistical report released recently by SCTA on the direct jobs in tourism sector, it revealed that the total of jobs created reached nearly 491,768 in 2010 compared with 478,979 in 2009 with 2.7% increase. Jobs occupied by Saudis in the tourism … May 31, 2011
SCTA introduces leave no trace principles in sign language

SCTA introduces leave no trace principles in sign language

In collaboration with the Hope Institute for Deaf in the city of Al Madina AlMunawara, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) organized a workshop for the teachers and students on the principles of the "Leave No Trace" program, aiming … May 30, 2011
Two new archaeological sites discovered in Jubail

Two new archaeological sites discovered in Jubail

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) recently discovered two archeological sites in Al Jubail Industrial city in the eastern province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), one dating back to the 3rd century BC, and the other dating … May 11, 2011
The king to patronize “Restored National Antiquities” Exhibition next year

The king to patronize “Restored National Antiquities” Exhibition next year

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, will patronize the "Restored National Antiquities” exhibition, which will be held in the National Museum.The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will organize the exhibition … May 11, 2011
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities: Winners wanted

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities: Winners wanted

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) recently invited the tourism industry to participate in the Saudi Tourism Excellent Awards, and submit their nomination for awards in different categories. SCTA will receive nominations until January … January 16, 2011
Saudi Tourism first government agency to get ISO certificates in all sectors

Saudi Tourism first government agency to get ISO certificates in all sectors

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has won the ISO international quality certificate ISO 9001:2008 in all its sectors and its PTO’s across the kingdom, as the first government entity. Dr. Yosef bin Mohammad Al Yosef, Director … December 29, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities launches STTIM-2011 marketing campaign

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities launches STTIM-2011 marketing campaign

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) launched its marketing campaign for the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM-2011) to be held in Riyadh during the period March 27-31, 2011, and the event will be hosted in the Riyadh … December 15, 2010
SCTA and KSA organize global symposium on relations of Arabian Peninsula with Greco-Byzantine worlds

SCTA and KSA organize global symposium on relations of Arabian Peninsula with Greco-Byzantine worlds

An international symposium on the “Relations of the Arabian Peninsula with Greek and Byzantine Worlds, from 5th century BC to 10th century AD" is being held at Riyadh KSA during the period December 6-9. It is organized jointly by the University of King … December 8, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities trains tour guides

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities trains tour guides

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) conducted a week-long training course titled “Tourist Guide Skills” to develop the skills of tourist guides. The course emphasized the application of standards contained in the World Federation … November 30, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities launches Eid al-Adha holiday campaign

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities launches Eid al-Adha holiday campaign

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has recently launched promotional campaigns, Eid Al Adha holidays, which starts on November 13, 2010 until the 22nd. The campaign focuses on family tourism under the slogan "Share Eid al-Adha offers … November 10, 2010
SCTA president: Tourism job opportunities will reach out to citizens

SCTA president: Tourism job opportunities will reach out to citizens

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president of SCTA, recently pointed out that job opportunities in the tourism sector will reach citizens each in his place and not vice versa. Prince Sultan stressed his emphasis that the tourism … November 1, 2010
SCTA gets the Best Video Award for

SCTA gets the Best Video Award for "Imagine"

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) bagged the Excellence Award for its short film (Imagine) during Egypt's International Oscar Video Film Festival. The festival was held and organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in Alexandria, … August 1, 2010
SCTA launches tourism packages in cooperation with tour operators

SCTA launches tourism packages in cooperation with tour operators

During this summer, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), in cooperation with tour organizing companies, is presenting a variety of tour packages to different provinces and cities in the Kingdom. The tour packages are aimed at attracting … July 21, 2010
SCTA issues the 2nd edition of Tourist Safety and Security directory

SCTA issues the 2nd edition of Tourist Safety and Security directory

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) recently issued the 2nd edition of the tourism directory “Tourist Safety and Security” in English and Arabic. The directory offers important information on tourist’s safety and security in … July 13, 2010
SCTA inaugurates new classification of furnished accommodation

SCTA inaugurates new classification of furnished accommodation

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) recently inaugurated the classification of furnished apartments and units in line with its classification efforts for all the tourism accommodation facilities throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. … July 7, 2010
SCTA expects SR 13 billion in revenues from domestic tourism during 2010 summer

SCTA expects SR 13 billion in revenues from domestic tourism during 2010 summer

According to a report issued by MAS, the Information & Research Center of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), the revenues of national tourism for the summer of 2010 will reach SR 13 billion (US$61.5 billion). Mr. Abdullah Al … July 6, 2010
SCTA continues preparations for Roads of Arabia

SCTA continues preparations for Roads of Arabia

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities is finalizing the preparations for "Roads of Arabia – The Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" exhibition, which will be held in the Louver Museum in Paris, France. His Royal Highness … June 23, 2010
SCTA launches the Saudi Voyager travel and tourism magazine

SCTA launches the Saudi Voyager travel and tourism magazine

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) recently launched its first English language travel and tourism magazine the “Saudi Voyager.” The goal of this quarterly magazine, the newest publication of the SCTA, is to introduce tourism, … June 16, 2010
SCTA president: emergence of Saudi Arabia is not an accident

SCTA president: emergence of Saudi Arabia is not an accident

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, head of the Al Turath Foundation, lectured at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University, UK, on "The dimensions … June 13, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities receives best electronic portal

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities receives best electronic portal

The Middle East Excellence Awards Institute granted the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) the award of the best electronic portal in the field of knowledge and information. His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, … June 1, 2010
Establishment of Saudi Association for Heritage Protection under the umbrella of SCTA

Establishment of Saudi Association for Heritage Protection under the umbrella of SCTA

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) recently announced the establishment of the “Saudi Association for Heritage Preservation” based on the approval by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs. The Riyadh-based association is … May 17, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities signs a SR145 million contract to establish 4 provincial museums

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities signs a SR145 million contract to establish 4 provincial museums

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), recently signed contracts worth 145 million Saudi riyals, to establish 4 new provincial museums in Saudi Arabia in Baha, Tabuk, Hail, and Dammam. The four museums are scheduled to be established … March 17, 2010
SCTA inaugurates e-licensing for travel and tourism agencies

SCTA inaugurates e-licensing for travel and tourism agencies

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), inaugurated the electronic licensing system travel and tourism agencies in the kingdom. The inauguration ceremony was recently held at the headquarters of … March 15, 2010
SCTA and partners launch training program for small tourism projects

SCTA and partners launch training program for small tourism projects

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) announced holding a program on "How to start your own tourism business." The training program is organized by the SCTA in cooperation with the National Commercial Bank's Social Responsibility department, … March 8, 2010
SCTA ranked second best governmental work environment

SCTA ranked second best governmental work environment

SCTA was ranked the second best work environment in the governmental sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the competition which was organized by Al Eqtesadia newspaper, in partnership with Team One Consultancy Company. The Capital Market Authority … February 24, 2010
SCTA and Carrefour collaborate to market productive families handicrafts

SCTA and Carrefour collaborate to market productive families handicrafts

The National Project of Tourism Human Resources Development (Takamul) signed a memorandum of cooperation with Carrefour, the hypermarket chain, (KSA Group), to market the productive families' handicrafts. The memorandum comes within the framework of Takamul's … January 19, 2010
SCTA launches the website of the 1st International Conference on Urban and Architectural Heritage

SCTA launches the website of the 1st International Conference on Urban and Architectural Heritage

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has officially launched the web site of the First International Conference on Urban and Architectural Heritage in Islamic countries (FCUAHIC), which will be held under the patronage of the Custodian … December 8, 2009
SCTA restores the kingdom's historical palaces

SCTA restores the kingdom's historical palaces

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) started a restoration and rehabilitation program for a number of historic and heritage palaces in several Saudi cities as a part of its "Rehabilitation of historic buildings of the Saudi State during … December 7, 2009
Riyadh takes a tough stand against illicit trading in antiquities

Riyadh takes a tough stand against illicit trading in antiquities

During the 19th session of the Antiquities and Urban Heritage in Arab World Conference, which was held recently in Riyadh, Professor Ali Al Ghaban, vice president of the Saudi Commission of Tourism and Antiquities' (SCTA) Antiquities and Museums Sector, … November 17, 2009
Revenues of Saudi summer festivals: SR 1 billion

Revenues of Saudi summer festivals: SR 1 billion

A recent statistical report executed by MAS center showed that tourism revenues for KSA's summer festivals reached SR 1.2 billion. Mr. Abdullah Al-Jehani, vice president of marketing and media at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), … November 9, 2009
Riyadh PTO organizes a workshop on events management

Riyadh PTO organizes a workshop on events management

The Riyadh Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will organize a workshop on Monday, November 9, 2009 for event organizers. The workshop will be delivered by Australian event and festival management … November 8, 2009
SCTA and SCSB allocate over SR 6 million to finance tourism SMEs

SCTA and SCSB allocate over SR 6 million to finance tourism SMEs

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in cooperation with the Saudi Credit and Saving Bank (SCSB) recently funded several small- and medium-scale enterprises to operate tourism projects in several tourism sectors such as tourism trip operators, … October 25, 2009
SCTA leads Saudi youth into volunteer work during summer festivals

SCTA leads Saudi youth into volunteer work during summer festivals

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Emir of Mecca, was pleased with the participation of Taif’s youth who volunteer to work in Okaz Souk, which included 120 volunteers - 30 percent of them from Al-Taif University and 70 percent of them from … August 12, 2009
5 million visitors expected at Jeddah Ghair Festival

5 million visitors expected at Jeddah Ghair Festival

Executive director of the Makkah PTO, Mohammed Al-Amiri, expected that the number of visitors for the "Jeddah Ghair" Festival this year will exceed past years’ figures. He attributed this to two key factors: the summer vacation and Ramadan month in … July 22, 2009
Media Caravan tours Saudi Arabia

Media Caravan tours Saudi Arabia

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will launch on next Friday, July 24, 2009, the 6th version of GCC Media Tourism Caravan to Riyadh, Al Madinah, Asir, Al Baha, Al Taif, Makkah, and Jeddah. The Tourism Caravan will have 32 participants … July 18, 2009
Saudi summer... brings families together

Saudi summer... brings families together

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has launched its summer vacation campaign, which aims at increasing the awareness of the tourism options in Saudi Arabia as a summer tourism destination, enhancing tourist's perception of the kingdom … May 31, 2009
SCTA board approves joint tourism marketing program

SCTA board approves joint tourism marketing program

The board of directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA) held their 18th meeting in Riyadh, in which a number of important decisions to reinforce the Kingdom’s tourism industry were taken. The meeting tackled major issues such … December 23, 2008
SCTA launches Vision 2020 for tourism investment in KSA

SCTA launches Vision 2020 for tourism investment in KSA

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has announced the launch of its "Vision 2020" project - the futuristic vision for tourism investment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman, SCTA secretary general explained … November 24, 2008
SCTA starts licensing travel and tourism agencies

SCTA starts licensing travel and tourism agencies

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) started on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 receiving investors' requests for licensing of travel and tourism agencies in the Kingdom. This step is the first stage of transferring the supervision of … October 16, 2008
SCTA reports increased Saudi tourism trips and jobs in 2007

SCTA reports increased Saudi tourism trips and jobs in 2007

The projects and programs that were implemented by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in 2007 achieved a remarkable growth in the tourism activities and sectors. The inbound tourism trips have grown by 23% compared to 2006, whereas … September 2, 2008
Honey Festival in Baljurashi, KSA

Honey Festival in Baljurashi, KSA

HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Saud Amir of Baha opened the Honey Festival at the Traditional Square, Baljurashi, KSA. The festival is supported by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) and organized by Tarfeeh Al-Khaleej establishment in collaboration … September 2, 2008
SCTA gives hotels a one year ultimatum

SCTA gives hotels a one year ultimatum

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) granted hotel owners a one year ultimatum to make the necessary adjustments according to the new hotel classification stipulated in the new hotel executive charter, which became mandatory two days … September 2, 2008
Second Saudi Tourism and Travel Investment Market set for March 2009

Second Saudi Tourism and Travel Investment Market set for March 2009

The Second Saudi Tourism and Travel Investment Market (STTIM) is set to be held in Riyadh, March 2009. HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, the secretary general of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) stated that the first … September 2, 2008



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