The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has barred hotels and furnished apartments from revealing the identity of their guests or giving out the room numbers to anyone.

The commission also banned the owners and managers of the hotels and furnished apartments from keeping copies of the guests' ID cards or passports.

Abdullah Al-Omari, SCTH director in Makkah, said hotels and furnished apartments should clearly display room tariffs approved by the commission and warned them of punishments if they failed to comply with the rule.