The Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia has confirmed its commitment to develop meeting industry,
realizing its importance in supporting the economic diversification process and
not only relying on oil production and exportation. Therefore, the Saudi
Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has taken a number of
initiatives to develop the tourism sector, including meetings industry. Hence,
the Council of Ministers issued resolution number (246) on the 17th
of Rajab 1434H, changing the Standing Committee for Exhibitions and Conferences
–created by the Royal Decree (7863 / MB)- into a national program titled "Saudi
Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB)".
SECB aims at developing and organizing the meeting industry in the
Kingdom, working towards its improvement and efficiency, and drawing necessary
plans to achieve its objectives, tasks and needs. Moreover, the SECB is also working
on overcoming the obstacles facing the growth and development of the meeting
industry; such as lack of clarity in regulations and procedures, diversity of
references, deficiency in specialized national competencies, lack of high-quality
venues, lengthy and complicated licensing procedures, limited information and
data. The resolution included the formation of a supervisory committee headed
by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud the SCTH President,
head of supervisory committee and the membership of a number of public and
private entities; this is provided that the duration is five years.
be pioneers in developing the Saudi meeting industry, creating a more efficient
and productive industry.
best practices in monitoring the Saudi meetings industry and promoting internal
and external environments to achieve its economic, cultural, social, ecological
and political objectives.
The SECB seeks to achieve numerous objectives, including: