His Excellency Minister of Tourism Receives Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation


​​His Excellency Minister of Tourism receives Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation

His Excellency Minister of Tourism Mr Ahmed bin Aqil Al Khateeb​ met with His Excellency Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation Mr ZurabPololikashvili who is currently visiting the Kingdom with his family to have a first-hand look on the Saudi summer campaign “Breathe”.

During the meeting, talks went over the future of tourism and local and international efforts exerted to help recover the sector after the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Basma Al Miman, regional director for the Middle East at the World Tourism Organisation, attended the meeting. 

His Excellency the Tourism Minister accompanied the secretary general of the World Tourism Organisation in a tour that included the historical Jeddah, in addition to several museums and coastal spas. 
His Excellency the secretary general of the World Tourism Organisation praised the wonderful tourist attractions in Jeddah. 

The guest and the tourism minister then travelled to Abha, where he met with HRH Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, governor of Asir, and reviewed future plans to develop the area at the tourist level. Pololikashvili also visited tourist and heritage sites in Abha.  

His Excellency the secretary general commended Asir’s nature, tourist attractive environment and unique cultural heritage.

His Excellency the secretary general of the World Tourism Organisation also praised the Kingdom’s efforts to realise recovery in the tourism sector that suffers globally in light of the coronavirus pandemic, commending the Saudi summer campaign “Breathe” and the distinguished turnout by tourists on local tourist attractions. He also considered this experience as a model in maintaining the tourism movement while, at the same time, adopting health measures to protect sector employees and tourists alike, referring to the Kingdom’s geographical, historical, cultural and climate diversity among its regions. 

Pololikashvili also expressed the organisation’s commitment to seriously cooperating with the Kingdom in realising its ambitious plans in developing the tourism sector and transferring the Kingdom into an international tourist destination.

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