The Saudi delegation, led by His Excellency the Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Al-Khatib, returned from the UN World Tourism Organization’s twenty-fourth General Assembly in Madrid last week with a number of achievements aimed at bolstering the Kingdom’s leadership role in the tourism sector.
One of the delegation’s most notable actions during its participation was the formation of a new working group within the World Tourism Organization to redraw the future of tourism and revitalize the organization’s work by enabling effective and more transparent work practices, as well as programs and initiatives that respond to the needs of member states to add real value to the organization.
“Despite the Kingdom’s relatively recent presence in the international tourism arena, it plays a major global role in this field,” said His Excellency the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Ahmed Al-Khatib, noting that the Kingdom has big tourism ambitions and wants to make tourism one of the most important contributors to economic transformation.
“Our plan corresponds with the Kingdom’s aim, as we intend to receive 100 million foreign and domestic visitors by 2030, invest $810 billion in the tourism industry, and create one million new employment, all of which we have achieved considerable progress on so far,” he added.
On the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting, the Minister of Tourism met with the main Spanish media. His Excellency spoke with journalists about the Kingdom’s achievements as well as the essential importance of tourism in today’s world, and the journalists expressed their support for the Kingdom’s efforts to establish the World Tourism Organization.
According to the Spanish daily “El Mundo,” Saudi Arabia has achieved an unparalleled position in the Organization’s General Assembly, praising Saudi efforts to establish the global tourism system.
The UN World Tourist Organization is a multinational organization that regulates the development and promotion of the tourism industry on a worldwide scale.