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The winners of the Saudi Tourism Excellence Award, this year in its second session, have been announced.

The winners were honored by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).
 
Dr. Abdul Mohsin bin Abdullah Al Hiji, Chief of the jury, stated in this connection that this award is held at the initiative of SCTA, and it aims to develop a competitive and professional industry of tourism and hospitality in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In his speech in the honoring ceremony, Dr. Al Hiji added that the jury this year was comprised of eight members from various regions of the kingdom and abroad, and all of them were experts in certain areas of the tourism and hospitality industry.

Al Hiji disclosed that the total number of candidates who submitted using the Internet this year were over 600, with an upsurge of 50 percent compared to last year, which prompts for further developments in the award’s next sessions.

The winners according to categories were as follows:

ACCOMMODATION CATEGORY

Best Luxury Hotel:
 – Al Faisalia Hotel – Riyadh
– Four Seasons

Best 4 Stars Hotel:
 – Park Inn Radisson
– Elaf Hotel
 
Best 3 Stars Hotel:
– Golden Tulip
– Radisson Hotel – Yanbu Al Bahr
 
Best Furnished Apartment:
 – Vivanda – Riyadh
 
Best Resort:
– Marsa Al Ahlam- Jeddah
– Marsa Al Ahlam – Al Laith
 – Marsa Al Ahlam – Yanbu
 – Marsa Al Ahlam- Jazan
– Mövenpick Resort
 
SHOPPING AND RECREATION
 
Best Tourism Experience:
 – Ghornata Mall
– Red Sea Mall
 
Best Tourism Festival:
– Al Moznib 32nd Summer Festival
– Buraidah Spring Festival

Best Recreation Center:
 – Water Park
– Fortax
 
Best Tourism Attraction Location:
 – Jazan Heritage Village
– Vintage Vehicle Carnival – Jeddah

RESTAURANTS
 
Best Luxury Restaurants:
 – Glob Restaurant
– Al Sanbok Restaurant
 
Best Popular Food and Supply Service:
 – Al Khobar Heritage Village Restaurant
– Café of Herta Cooperative Association (women)
 
Best Economy Restaurant:
 – Mentis Restaurant – Four Seasons Hotels – Riyadh
– Steak House
 
TOURISM ACTIVITIES
 
Best Museum Experience:
 – Dar Al Hesyani for Heritage
– Al Khalifa Museum
 
Best Heritage Site Experience:
 Best Experience in Tourism Transport

Best Tour Operators:
– Al Shetwi for Tour Organization
– Haya Tours

Best Travel Agency:

CONTRIBUTION TO TOURISM
 
– Prince Sultan Collage for Tourism and Business
Winner Saeed Ali
– Tourism Programs
 Best Tourism Program for Quality Assurance
 – Best Promo Campaign
Committee of Tourism Development in Onaiza Municipality
Tourism Employees
 – Best Tourist Guide
 Khalid Khafji
 – Best Tourism Sales Employee
Fadi Ajaj
 Mohammad Abdullah Sharaf

For more information, please visit www.sauditourismawards.com

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