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MENAFN - Arab News - 16/12/2013

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(MENAFN - Arab News) Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), said that the National Tourism Project will be launched soon to become an integrated economic sector in the Kingdom.
"The National Tourism Project will transform the Kingdom into a first class state," said Prince Sultan during the inauguration of "Colors of Saudi Arabia 2013" photography contest on Saturday evening at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC).
The Colors of Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most effective methods of tourism promotion and development as well as a means of documenting the country's rich culture and heritage.
The seven-day forum aims to emphasize SCTA's role in introducing Saudi tourism components: traditional, natural and cultural. It also aims to raise interest in domestic tourism with a focus on the urban aspect.
The forum encourages photographers, professional and amateurs alike, to highlight Saudi tourism sites, its heritage, antiquities, the diverse natural environment and urban development.
Describing tourism as a great national project supported by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the crown prince, Prince Sultan announced the increase of the cash prize of the Saudi colors contest for photography from SR560,000 to SR 1million.
Commenting on the hurdles in the way of promoting tourism in the Kingdom, Prince Sultan said: "There is a lack of accommodation facilities, tourism services and huge pressure on the airlines because of the Kingdom's bad roads which make commuting by cars a backbreaking experience."
He also stressed on citizens to make early bookings for the shows. "Our aim is to do a road show around the Kingdom this year. We will also print the best images taken by our photographers and publish them in a book. In addition, we will focus on the development of short films," he said.
The forum has organized a competition for short films with tourism related content in the Kingdom with the aim of encouraging the development of documentaries through creating a competition among producers and filmmakers, both amateurs and professionals.
There will be a maximum of four winners and each winner will receive awards and cash prizes.
The opening ceremony was attended by Prince Bandar bin Saud, president of Saudi Wildlife Commission (SWC); Abdullah Al-Jasser, deputy minister of culture and information; and members of the SWC board of directors.
The photo contest's jury this season is composed of Abdullah Al-Dowaikhi from Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al-Bosayedy of Oman, Baha Mdkoor of Egypt, Majed Sultan Al-Za'abi from Kuwait and Michael Freeman from the United Kingdom.
A large number of people participated in the contest including professional and amateur photographers from Saudi Arabia, residents and nationals of the Kingdom and the GCC, members of independent photographic associations and Saudi photographic associations, members of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, professionals in the fields of public relations, media, marketing, promotion and advertising, designers, technical directors and specialists in art direction and multimedia.

 






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