The Kingdom Participates in the Meeting of Tourism Ministers of G20 Countries in Japan



 
The Kingdom Participates in the Meeting of Tourism Ministers of G20 Countries in Japan
 
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday October 26, 2019 participated in the tourism ministers’ meeting of the G20 that was held in Japan, in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Ahmad bin Aqil Al Khateeb, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.  

 His Excellency Mr. Ahmad bin Aqil Al Khateeb​, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, in a speech he delivered during the tourism ministers’ meeting of the G20, spoke about the Kingdom’s vision in issues pertaining to the future of the Saudi tourism sector. 

 His Excellency, during the meeting of the G20 ministers meeting, reviewed the Kingdom’s strategy aiming at developing the  emerging tourism sector in a way that conforms to the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030, which seeks to build a prosperous society and a diversified economy that achieves welfare for all, stressing, at the same time, the Kingdom’s commitment to enhancing the contribution of the tourism sector to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and noting that the plan of developing the tourism sector in the Kingdom will be among the main priorities for discussions when Saudi Arabia chairs the G20 summit in 2020. 

 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the Japanese government that provided an opportunity to review the tourism priorities in the Kingdom while taking over its scheduled chairmanship to the G20 summit, where the Kingdom will be honoured to chair in the next year, noting that Saudi Arabia is willing to list tourism as a main priority for the summit, due to its big influence in the international economy both at the economic and social levels. 

 He added: “The Kingdom, based on its location as one of the emerging tourism destinations, happily opens its doors to the world, and we are aware of the value of tourism in the Kingdom in its capacity as a driver for the economic growth and a bridge for cultural communication that develop through awareness, harmony and respect; we are also fully aware of the responsibilities incorporated under this issue and that the multiple development projects and unorganised planning play a negative role in building a troubled image for any destination in the world. It is a must for tourism to enjoy sustainability in case we want it to benefit the next generations”. 

His Excellency pointed out that the Kingdom’s strategy is based on increasing the contribution of the tourism sector in the GDP from its current level of 3 per cent to 10 per cent, in addition to increasing the number of the Kingdom’s visitors from 18 million guests each year to 100 million annual visitors by 2030, which will, in turn, would contribute to providing some 1.6 million jobs that constitutes 10 per cent of the total workforce, which mainly targets young males and females, stressing his commitment to working with partners in the entire tourism sector to realise these goals and protect the economic, environmental and social welfare of local communities.” 

He concluded: “We express our hope, during our presidency of the summit next year, to enrich the big heritage of successes that previous summits have achieved, which can be realised through the cooperation of all with the aim of achieving the real comprehensive socio-economic development at the level of the international tourism sector, and we are also looking forward to continuing these discussions and welcoming you all in the Kingdom in 2020.”