Info centers to help tourists
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has signed a SR11.9 million contract to set up tourist information centers across the country that provide information on domestic events.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the SCTA, signed the contract with a company for three years to manage the project.
Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, SCTA vice president for marketing and programs, said Thursday the centers would provide information on tourism destinations, sites and activities.
It aims to set up 21 such centers in the next three years. Earlier, the SCTA established five centers at local airports that operate 16 hours a day.
It also plans to set up 340 electronic information machines connected to the Internet that can provide information on tourism services.
The plan includes creating jobs for Saudis to operate and maintain these centers and machines at various public areas including airports, tourist accommodation, marketplaces and parks.
The SCTA has developed an Internet portal providing up-to-date tourism information including flight-booking services, hotel reservations, and a 24-hour communications and complaints service through the toll-free number 19988.