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Saudi hotel, apartment owners fined over 'excessive room rates'

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in Makkah ordered the operators to repay $80,000 to tourists

Saudi hotel, apartment owners fined over 'excessive room rates'
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More than 30 hotel and apartment owners have been ordered to repay SR300,000 ($80,000) to Saudi tourists in excess charges, it was reported.

In an unprecedented move, the operators in Jeddah’s Corniche were ordered to pay back customers for charges incurred during the 10-day spring break, Mohammed Al Ameri, executive director of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in the Makkah region, told Arab News.

The report said many lodge owners had been found guilty of taking advantage of high demand and setting excessive room rates.

It was in contravention of a circular detailing official prices set by the commission and the Ministry of Commerce, it said.

Al Ameri said the findings were made during inspection tours conducted by the commission’s teams in Jeddah.

“Inspection teams immediately contacted the visitors and tourists and informed them that the excess money charged would be refunded,” he was quoted as saying.

“Our branch in Jeddah had organised inspection tours around the clock in an effort to ensure commitment to pricing and licensing regulations.”

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