Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz yesterday inaugurated a three-day symposium entitled 'Media and domestic tourism: reality and future potential' organized by King Khalid University in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, the Tourism Promotion Committee of Asir Province, and the Abha Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
At a press conference afterwards, Prince Sultan stated that studies are under way on the feasibility of widening the base of tourist agencies and granting licenses to foreign companies. He also agreed with the remark made earlier by Governor of Asir Province Prince Khalid Al-Faisal that income from tourism could match that from oil revenues.
Addressing the symposium, Secretary-General of the Higher Tourism Commission (HTC) Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz declared that his organization believes in the major role to be played by the mass media in the field of tourism, and looks for high transparency, credibility, accuracy of information, and close cooperation in its relations with media establishments. He explained that the HTC sees the media as essential to spreading awareness of the importance of tourism to the Saudi economy, and referred to tourism as a major industry worldwide that has high economic yields. At the same time, he said, the Saudi leadership stresses the importance of continued adherence to the principles and values of the people.
Last night, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz also visited the Prince Sultan College of Hotel Science and Tourism, where he inaugurated the college's web site. There are currently 113 students at the college, which is affiliated to the University of Virginia in the United States of America.