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Saudi tourism authority issues bogus travel agency warning

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has warned citizens and expatriates against becoming victim to fraudulent travel and tourism offices, Arab News has reported. "Consumers should be wary of dealing with individuals who offer low cost packages by claiming they belong to tourism offices that do not exist," said Ahmad Al-Eisa, assistant deputy chairman of SCTA for licenses and quality. Teams from the SCTA will carry out inspections of travel and tourism offices across the kingdom to curb unscrupulous practices, and penal action, including closure of offices, will be taken against violators, Al-Eisa said.