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SCTA receives excellence award

July 8, 2014


Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), received an excellence award at the SCTA headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday for the implementation of a comprehensive geographic information system (GIS) detailing the Kingdom's heritage sites, road networks and other tourism-related information.

The award was accepted on behalf of the prince by Mesar Al-Mesar, director-general of the information technology department at the SCTA, along with Adnan Jaber, project director.

The SCTA has designed an integrated geographic tourism database, including over 50 forms of geographic information systems and a tourism navigator.

The system includes detailed tourism-related maps showing road networks, satellite images, sites and locations, heritage and antiquities sites, accommodation facilities (hotels and furnished apartments) and other tourism services, such as museums, souks, airports, malls, parks and green yards.

Other descriptive information, including lime photos and panoramic images for large-scale scenery, is also included.

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Source: Arab News (Saudi Arabia)

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