Published on : Wednesday, May 18, 2016
SCTH has urged all tourism facilities to adapt to the requirements of the new tourism regulation and meet the classification requirements of SCTH, particularly the facilities that have not adjusted their status so far to seize the opportunity and do so, in the time remaining, to meet the deadline which expires on 30 Shaban, corresponding to 5th June 2016 – One year from the activation date of the new tourism regulation on 1st Ramadan 1436H, corresponding to 18 June, 2015.
After this date SCTH will be constrained to impose strict penalties on both licensed and unlicensed tourist facilities that do not meet the minimum operating standards.
Director General of Department of Licensing at SCTH, Eng. Omar Al Mubarak, in this context said, “The new tourism regulation came into effect on 1/9/1436H (18/06/2015), Article 16 of which mandates one year time limit from date of new regulation taking effect to all licensed practitioners of tourism professions and activities to adjust their status according to the new conditions and classification.”
“All facilities that are licensed under the minimum category, should apply for the classification of their services and equipment, according to the set criteria, after determining their category under One-Star for hotels and 4th-class for the furnished apartments,” he added, asserting that the Commission always seeks the guidance and follow up of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTH to provide the erring facilities sufficient time to adjust their status.
He noted that the new tourism system has raised the penalties tenfold, where repeat violations occur, but not exceeding one hundred thousand Saudi Riyals, with the possibility of revoking the license in case of unrelenting repeat offence.
Also, after the expiration of the deadline for harmonization on 1/9/1437, SCTH will begin detection of violations associated with the conditions of classification and price with immediate effect.