The Kingdom Participates in the Ministerial Summit for the World Tourism Organisation in London


The Kingdom Participates in the Ministerial Summit for the World Tourism Organisation in London 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participated in the ministerial summit of the World Tourism Organisation in the World Travel Market that was held on Tuesday November 5 in London, where the Kingdom’s mission was headed by His Excellency Mr. Ahmad bin Aqil Al Khateeb, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.  
 
Mr. Ahmad Al Khateeb, in his speech, talked about the importance of tourism, saying: “In light of the increasing connection our world is witnessing today, the travel and tourism industry is witnessing a remarkable prosperity and growth in all parts of the world. Last year, the global tourism sector registered a growth rate of 3.9 per cent, where workers in the sector reached 319 million worldwide,” adding that: “the tourism industry today is among the most strategic sectors in the Kingdom, where we work on its development and growth in conformity with the Saudi Vision 2030, where we have ambitious and promising goals and plans for investments in this sector, through which we seek to receive an annual rate of 100 million visitors and generate one million new jobs by 2030”. 

The summit, this year, addressed the issue of tourism impact on developing the rural communities and areas, where His Excellency Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage reviewed the Kingdom’s approach that works on developing tourism in a way that guarantees the sustainability and protection of rural communities and areas, noting that: “Most countries are aware of the environmental impacts of the tourism in its civil cities, which pushed them to find alternative options through developing their rural communities.” 

“In the Kingdom, more than 80 per cent of its population of 34 million people live in civil area; however, we in the Kingdom work on protecting and developing the rural communities at the social and economic levels through supporting a number of technical and creative solutions,” Khateeb said, adding that: “The Saudi rural areas are rich in all that can attract tourists who look for distinguished experiences that combine authenticity and modernisation, where the Kingdom houses around 10,000 archaeological and tourist sites, many of which have been registered on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, such as Al Ola and Al Ihsa’.”  

In conclusion, Khateeb​ referred to the Kingdom’s host of the G20 Summit in its next session in 2020, where tourism will be a main subject in several discussions with decision makers and relevant institutions with the aim of sustaining the growth of the global tourism sector.