Saudi Arabia takes part in the fourth meeting of tourism ministers in GCC countries in Muscat

Published on : Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saudi Arabia participated in the fourth meeting of ministers responsible for tourism and culture in the GCC countries in Muscat.


The meeting held at the Omani capital discussed a number of issues that enhance tourism in the region.


Ahmed Al-Khateeb, the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), spoke about part of the Kingdom’s national tourism strategy, besides announcing that Saudi Arabia would open its doors for foreign tourists globally.


Al-Khateeb said that the Kingdom’s decision is part of the Vision 2030 reform plans regarding investing in tourism as a major source of income and employment.


“Saudi Arabia, with its unique tourist destinations, giant projects and a rich cultural heritage spanning thousands of years, presents itself to the world as a global tourist destination,” said the SCTH chief.


The Kingdom believes that the integrated promotion of tourism between the GCC countries will positively impact their economies.


Al-Khateeb said that by 2030, the Kingdom will host about 100 million tourists. The national income from tourism will reach 10 percent and the sector will be able to generate 1 million jobs for Saudis.


The meeting recommended the adoption of a unified tourism guideline system in the region. Finally, Ras Al-Khaimah was designated as the capital of Gulf tourism for 2020.


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