His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Al Khateeb
Assistant Minister for Tourism
Tourism Codes of Conduct are a group of instructions, which are designed to be taken as a guide to the correct manner of conducting tourism operations and activities.
Positive and voluntary ways are the best to ensure long-term commitment and the development of tourism, because the tourism industry is made up of a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises. The success of the tourism industry depends on not compromising on the natural, environmental or cultural aspects of the community.
Codes of Conduct on tourism behavior were issued for both inbound and outbound tourists and tourism service providers in several languages and were distributed to all target groups of the project. Since the emergence of the idea of issuing these codes in 1426 (2005), the project sought the experience of World Tourism Organization (WTO) in order to take advantage of the Global codes of conduct of tourism.
A committee was then formed of various agencies specializing in this area. The codes were reviewed, examined and produced commensurate to the Islamic religion, including customs and traditions, without compromising on the fundamentals of the goals of codes. After the adoption of the Code (of Conduct) in 1427 H (2006), it was printed in Arabic language, indexed and recorded in the King Fahad Library for inbound and outbound tourists.
In 1429 H (2008), the codes of conduct were re-introduced after some amendments, and they were translated into English and French, in addition, a booklet was annexed to it on the rules of conduct for tourism service providers. In 1430 (2009), after disbursing all the issued quantities of 1429 H (2008), some modifications were made in line with the requirements of the tourism industry and the designs of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).