2005 News Story

Plans underway to attract tourists to the Kingdom

Secretary-General of the Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT) Prince Sultan bin Salman, in Tunis for meetings, has announced the establishment in the Kingdom of new tourism projects worth about SR50 billion [U.S. $13.35 billion]. SCT, he said, will set up resorts along the Red Sea coast and have tourist centers available in rural as well as urban areas. There will also be programs designed to attract tourists, both from within the Kingdom and from abroad, such as a car rally in which well-known racing drivers will participate. He confirmed that the project for issuing tourist visas is almost complete.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has so far this year issued 5,537 visas to Americans, Europeans and Africans under a program organized by Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) entitled ‘Discover Saudi Arabia’. These tourists came on one-week or two-week package tours and were taken to resorts and cultural heritage sites in Jeddah, Riyadh, Abha, Dammam, Najran and Madain Saleh.