The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) got the approval for a new tourism regulation. The new tourism regulations aim to streamline the facilities and services related to tourism in general and also enhance the SCTA’s role in the tourism sector giving it more authority to conduct its activities.


The new system stipulates that general tourism locations such as beaches are protected sites owned by the government where the state can make direct investments for tourism development or by leasing to the private sector through auctions.

The SCTA is authorized to make suggestions for the development of any government-owned land by the private sector following the approval of the relevant authorities. The rules also authorize the SCTA to lay down criteria to regulate tourism events, and develop, support and promote them for marine, agricultural, health, medical, business or wildlife tourism and others.

The new system also accords the SCTA the authority to determine the criteria for the publication of any printed or electronic material including articles, books, maps, guide books, pictures or posters to promote tourism.

Source: Arab News