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Leadership award for Prince Sultan

Apr 10, 2014

The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC 2014) will be presenting the Leadership Award this year to Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), in recognition of his vibrant role in developing the hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia.

The event, organized by MEED and Bench Events, will take place at the Madinat Jumeirah on May 4 and 5 .

In his role as the SCTA president, Prince Sultan bin Salman has helped in driving the development of the hotel industry in Saudi Arabia with key initiatives that respond to the rowing domestic demand on hospitality. A strong corporate sector along to the continued expansion of religious tourism, have been fueling the growth in this sector in the Kingdom.

The government’s efforts to drive tourism in Saudi have been demonstrated in the recent announcements made by SCTA. These include the plans to expand five of its domestic airports to raise capacity, opening up the Kingdom’s domestic aviation sector to more airlines, and the latest visa scheme, which allows pilgrims to tour the Kingdom with a month’s extension on their Umrah visas.

All these initiatives are shaping the growth of hotels across the Kingdom, where the country had a total of 1,251 hotels and 2,582 furnished apartments in 2013, with a number of international names entering the market.

According to the SCTA figures, the Saudi market currently offers hospitality (hotels and serviced apartments) capacity exceeding 300,000 hotel rooms, which could accommodate more than 45 million arrivals per year, across all categories and sub-destinations.

SCTA has been moving swiftly and efficiently in addressing all the hurdles toward structuring the hospitality and tourism regulatory infrastructure and otherwise.