Saudi Arabia to Chair UNWTO Redesigning Tourism for Future Task Force
Published 26 Oct 2023
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Riyadh, SPA: The Executive Council of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has approved the election of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as president of the “Redesigning Tourism for the Future” task force of the World Tourism Organization at the 120th Executive Council meeting held in the Uzbek city of Samarkand. The election of the Kingdom is a significant recognition of its prominent and influential role in the global tourism industry. It serves as a testament to its dedication to steering the sector towards a sustainable future, which is crucial in the current critical state of the tourism industry and communities worldwide. Minister of Tourism Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb expressed his appreciation towards the Saudi leadership for its consistent support of the tourism sector, as well as other vital sectors within the Kingdom. He emphasized that Saudi Arabia's election as the leader of the task force responsible for reimagining the future of tourism is a clear demonstration of its commitment to strengthen and expand the tourism industry responsibly, adhering to global standards. Al-Khateeb said: “While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stands as a major supporter of these efforts, which embody the spirit of cooperation for sustainable global progress in the tourism sector, the Kingdom will work, along with the member states of the team and the organization, to develop a strategy with apparent features and goals, to achieve a bright future for the global tourism sector ". The "Redesigning Tourism for the Future" task force was launched as an initiative by Saudi Arabia and Spain. It functions as a subsidiary body of the Executive Council of UNWTO and aims to create a roadmap for the future of global tourism. The Kingdom's tourism sector has seen a significant boost in recent times, following the successful hosting of World Tourism Day in Riyadh. This international event has highlighted the Kingdom's position as a leading host of various tourism events and programs at the international level.
Last Modified Date: 06/11/2023 - 12:18 PM Saudi Arabia Time
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