WTTC recognizes Saudi Arabia’s leadership to recovery of tourism sector globally

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), pays tribute to the leadership of Saudi Arabia; and for its support to the local and global private sector, at the historic meeting of G20 Tourism Ministers and more than 45 CEOs of the world’s biggest travel companies; and private sector leaders from the G20 countries

During their G20 Chairmanship of the Tourism Track; Saudi Arabia requested the collaboration of the global travel and tourism sector on developing a concrete plan to accelerate the global recovery.

As a result, WTTC presented the 100 million jobs recovery plan; which included input from its whole membership; other leaders, and international organizations; which aims to resume international travel and accelerate the recovery through unprecedented public-private collaboration.

Chaired by Minister for Tourism Ahmed Al Khateeb the event made history with G20 Tourism Ministers listening for the first time directly to CEOs representing major international markets. International organizations such as IATA and ICAO were also present at the event. In addition to OECD and UNWTO.

Major Saudi companies such as Diriyah Gate Development Authority, Flynas, Amaala, Aqalat, Riyadh Airport, Royal Commission of AlUla; Aramco, Dur Hospitality; Neom; the Red Sea Development Company, Saudia, Seera Group and Kingdom Holding, also attended this unprecedented event.

The special session discussed and explored key initiatives such as the importance of an international testing protocol in order to apply testing at departure, contact tracing standards and the establishment of air corridors between the most important hubs; such as NY, London, Dubai and others, which could deliver the prompt recovery of the sector.