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Shuwaimis Cave in Hail set to find prime place on Saudi geotourism map
August 16, 2018

Shuwaimis Cave, located in the southwest of the Hail region, is one of the three longest caves in the Kingdom with a length of 530 meters. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is studying the prospects of developing the cave into a tourist center after providing necessary facilities.

Ziyad Eyada Al-Misyoul, director of the commission’s branch office in Hail, led a delegation to Shuwaimis. “The main purpose of the"...

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Gyeonggi Province of Korea Launches Beyond the Dream Global VLOG Contest
August 14, 2018

Gyeonggi Provincial Government and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization (GTO) are hosting an international video contest called “Beyond the Dream VLOG Contest 2018.” Video submissions will be accepted until August 26, 2018 (Korean Standard Time). The goal of the “Beyond the Dream VLOG Contest 2018” is to raise global awareness of Gyeonggi Province as an attractive travel destination and to select a Gyeonggi-do tourism ambassador who will show the world the charms of the province. Anyone who likes to participate can submit a 2-3 minute self-PR video that explains how you can travel Gyeonggi-do better than anyone and upload them on their personal social media such as YouTube, Instagram or Facebook with hashtags #GGVlogContest. Submitted video and script files should be also attached to......

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Foreign tourists spent over SR98bn in Saudi Arabia last year
August 13, 2018

More than 18 million tourists, including religious pilgrims, visited the Kingdom from various parts of the world and spent over SR98 billion in the country last year.

This was revealed by Ahmed Al-Bouali, chairman of the committee on hospitality and entertainment in the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He was talking before an extensive meeting organized by the committee in Dammam recently.

Bouali said there"...

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Saudi tourism authority to inaugurate youth business projects in Jeddah
August 12, 2018

The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) in Makkah will inaugurate on Sunday a tourist accommodation project for young business people, supported by the Social Development Bank and the Tourism Authority in Jeddah.
Mohammed Al-Omari, SCTH’s director general in Makkah, said the pilot project will initially offer young people financial support worth more than SR2 million ($533,000), representing more than one third of the value of"...

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Saudi Arabia finds 1.5m visa violators
August 8, 2018

Saudi authorities announced the arrest of 1,523,000 expats who had violated the country’s visa laws in the past nine months.

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that a campaign to identify visa violators was launched on 17 November 2017 and came to a close last Thursday.

According to SPA, 1,154,000"...

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Passengers satisfied with airport services
August 6, 2018

Passengers expressed an average of 70% satisfaction for the quality of services offered at four main airports in the Kingdom in the month of July, according to data released by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) on Sunday.

More than one million passengers took part in the survey for King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, King Fahd International Airport in Dammam and Prince Muhammad Bin"...

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Saudi village of Rijal Alma prepares to join UNESCO World Heritage List
August 5, 2018

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) prepared the file of Rijal Almaa heritage village in Asir and handed it over to the UNESCO World Heritage Center in January 2018.

The village of Rijal Almaa had won the Prince Sultan bin Salman Award for Urban Heritage in 2007 and has become a tourist destination for those visiting the region of Asir. This importance comes as"...

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Over 47,000 people visit honey festival in Baha
July 31, 2018

The 11th International Honey Festival in the Baha region has attracted more than 47,000 visitors from outside and within the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The attendees and participants praised the events organized at the festival and the variety of honey products featured at the exhibition.
Visitors, quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), described how they enjoyed all the exhibitions included in the festival, praising the success they had witnessed"...

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Over 200 entertainment events at Riyadh Shopping Festival this year
July 30, 2018

The Riyadh Shopping Festival this year hosts more than 200 events and activities.
The festival, organized by the Riyadh Trade Chamber, features a variety of events in more than 11 complexes across the Saudi capital.
This year the festival is being sponsored by three government bodies, for the first time.
One of the sponsors, the General Sports Authority (GSA), will introduce for the first time Baloot — a popular trick card game played in Gulf"...

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Increase in GCC Tourists Expected in Antigua and Barbuda with the Opening of New 5-Star Hotels
July 30, 2018

With many countries looking to attract GCC tourists due to factors such as their large groups, longer stays and high levels of spending, Antigua and Barbuda is a country that is setting the right platform.

GCC tourist numbers are set to climb next year with new five-star hotels opening. The islands are undergoing rapid development and tourists from the GCC region are expected to consider"...

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