eTN, Jun 26, 2008

Tourism is the new, emerging economic driver of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, apart from oil. Tourism is the next best thing the Saudis are offering, said His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, (formerly the secretary general of the previously-called Supreme Commission for Tourism or SCT) now the chairman of the board of directors reporting directly to the King of Saudi Arabia. According to the royal figure who runs the Saudi Arabia Commission for Tourism and Antiquities and who oversees the formation of a modern national tourism administration responsible for the planning, development, promotion and regulation of the tourism industry in his country, tourism investment is at its peak right now in the kingdom. He said: “There’s quite a bit of investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia. We have a robust tourism program and long-haul perspective for the industry.

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