Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz as Founder of Tourism in the Kingdom




His Royal Highness Late Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, (then Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General) endowed with astute and constructive economic vision had embraced the idea of the establishment of Supreme Commission for Tourism – later to be named as 'Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)' - as an important economic sector that can produce jobs for the Saudi citizens and a contribute to the gross domestic product of the Saudi economy.
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, as President (SCTA), while creating this vital organization with a long-term vision, had seen that SCTA will be a modern dynamic facility that offers new concept of work in the government sector while depending on the qualified human resources that is capable of establishing and running a vibrant sector.

It was Late Prince HRH Sultan bin Abdul Aziz (God bless his soul), in Dhu al-Hajja 1417, when he was addressing a symposium on “Domestic tourism and prospects for the future”, which was held under his patronage in Abha city, had disclosed about the submission of a proposal for the establishment of a supreme body for tourism that will work in coordination with all the relevant parties for the development of domestic tourism in the Kingdom.



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