SCTA, Virtue Commission sign agreement to promote tourism

Saeed Al-Khotani | Arab News
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Wed, 2010-01-13 03:00

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) signed an agreement with the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice for joint cooperation in the development of the Kingdom’s tourism sector and coordination in programs and related activities.

The agreement was signed at the SCTA headquarters by Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of SCTA, and Abdul Aziz Al-Humain, president of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, on Tuesday.

“The cooperation agreement addressed a number of areas including training and field work, coordination of services and public awareness activities,” said Prince Sultan.

“This agreement comes as a furtherance of the efforts and cooperation between the two bodies to develop morally clean domestic tourism. Cooperation between them has existed since the foundation of SCTA,” he said.

“In this context, probably the most notable form of cooperation was within the program of career awareness carried out by the SCTA under the name Ya Hala (Welcome) in which commission staff along with personnel from different government agencies were trained on how to deal with tourists,” the prince added.

Prince Sultan underlined the common interest of both parties in having the appropriate environment to encourage people to visit tourist sites and enjoy social activities that are held Kingdomwide in a value-promoting atmosphere to yield both national and social benefits.

Al-Humain emphasized the importance of the agreement, noting the close cooperation between the two bodies that have existed for a long time.

He said that his organization encourages and supports the efforts made by SCTA to support tourism and encourage family-friendly tourism in the Kingdom.

He also praised the SCTA’s success in the tourism sector, and its continuous efforts to make the Kingdom an attractive tourist destination for Saudis. He further stressed the significant role that local tourism is playing in developing the Kingdom socially and economically.

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