Saudi Arabia calls for international cooperation to safely restart tourism

RIYADH, Jan 20 (INP): Saudi Arabia stressed the importance for the international community to work together to ensure the full recovery of the sector especially as vaccines campaigns are accelerated globally, Saudi Gazette reports.

The Kingdom made this call in the meeting of the 113th Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

DThe meeting reviewed a number of issues related to the organization’s efforts to serve the international tourism sector in cooperation with member states. This included the efforts to help the recovery of the sector by standardizing international protocols to lift restrictions on the movement of travelers, and continued coordination to support the private sector.

Saudi Arabia expressed its appreciation to Spain for hosting of the 113th Executive Council meeting and commended the efforts of the UN World Tourism Organization geared towards the development and recovery of the tourism sector worldwide.

The Kingdom plays an active role in the organization and is a member of various governing and technical bodies of the UNWTO such as the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, the E-Learning Committee, and the International Code Development Committee for the Protection of Tourists.

Haifa Al Jedea, general supervisor of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Tourism, said, “Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to cooperation and partnerships with international organizations like the UN World Tourism Organization, and we are delighted that the UNWTO is able to recognize the Kingdom’s tourism priorities and ambitions through selecting Riyadh as its regional hub. The UNWTO Middle East Regional Office will open and be fully functioning in the first half of this year.”

Al Jedea went on to say that the UNWTO office will play an essential role in building up the sector not only for the region, but also for surrounding countries in Africa and Asia. The collaboration with the UNWTO to establish this office underlines the Kingdom’s commitment to international cooperation aimed at supporting the tourism sector regionally and globally.