SCTA shuts down 36 hotels and furnished apartments


JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities has temporarily closed 36 hotels and furnished apartments in Makkah and Jeddah for not fulfilling its conditions.

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The SCTA has warned owners of about 40 other hospitality institutions that they would face closure if they did not correct their situation before the deadline.
Last week, the commission closed 14 furnished apartments in Riyadh and gave final warning to three hotels.

The institutions were closed as they were operating without licenses and were not fulfilling other SCTA conditions aimed at improving their service standards.

Muhammad Al-Amri, executive director for tourism development in the Makkah province, said the SCTA closed the institutions out of its desire to ensure quality of the Kingdom’s hospitality sector.
He urged investors in the sector to ensure the quality of their institutions and follow the standards and specifications set by the commission.

“Investors in the hospitality sector play an important role in promoting tourism,” he said.

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