Saudi Arabia attended the opening session for the 113th UN World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Executive Council; the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.
The meeting also reviewed the organization’s efforts; in cooperation with member states, to serve the global tourism sector; and sustain its recovery by standardizing protocols; that help lift restrictions imposed on travelers and supporting tourism facilities in the private sector.
Haifa Al-Jedea, general supervisor of the international relations department at the Saudi Ministry of Tourism, additionally said that Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to cooperation with UNWTO; pointing out that the organization decided; to open its first regional office in the world in Riyadh, which will start work this year.
Al-Jedea added that the regional office will be a supporting factor not only for the countries of the region but also for Africa and Asia; confirming Saudi Arabia’s commitment to cooperate with the international community to support the tourism sector at both regional and international levels.
Tourism in Saudi Arabia is a fundamental pillar in additionally line with the Vision 2030 reform plan.
The Kingdom seeks to be a leading global tourism destination; with a goal to host 100 million visitors annually by 2030.
As a modern tourist destination, Saudi Arabia also aims to focus on sustainability; as this added value represents one of the factors that will help to attract tourists from all over the world.