The president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz recently met with the heads of tourism associations at the SCTH headquarters in Riyadh to discuss their progress.
The meeting was attended by the chair, Saudi Tourism and Travel Association, Faisal bin Abdullah Al Humaidi; chair, Accommodation Facilities Association, Faisal bin Abdullah Al Mutlak; and chair, Saudi Tourist Guides, Sattam bin Ahmed Al Balawi. Also present were a number of SCTH senior officials.
Throughout the meeting, the SCTH president was briefed on the progress and achievements within the associations, while the obstacles faced were also reviewed.
HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz highlighted that SCTH has been incubating the associations in order to enable them to work according to methodology promulgated by the Commission and within the administrative structure, in preparation for their release to work independently according to the ‘empower and recede’ approach.
“According to the resolution of the Cabinet on the establishment of these associations, incubation of these associations by SCTH took three years. We are keen to enable these associations to gain full independence after this long empowerment phase and apply the receding phase of SCTH for the qualified partners,” he said.
The SCTH president additionally emphasised the importance of the engagement of tourism professional associations in the management of tourism activities as representative of the private sector, as SCTH in collaboration with the beneficiary citizens, undertakes monitoring of these activities.