Published on : Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia’s care for tourism and heritage represents its care for the global human history and heritage.
The SCTH chief said this during his keynote speech at the inauguration of the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Muscat under the theme “Fostering sustainable tourism development.”
Prince Sultan asserted that led by King Salman, the Kingdom has been experiencing major transformation in the tourism sector.
Saudi Arabia is taking several important steps like introducing tourist visas next year and launching different programs for promotion of tourism. He also highlighted initiatives like “Saudi Arabia: A destination for Muslims” in addition to other mega projects which come within the initiative of “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for Caring of the Cultural Heritage” and several projects including 32 key museums in different parts of the Kingdom as well as the expansion of some existing museums.
The SCTH chief further stressed that tourism also plays an important role in increasing a citizen’s relations with his nation and land, and boosting human knowledge which, he said, is a basis of peace between nations.
The conference will address a wide range of topics including governance models, tourism development and protection of cultural heritage, culture and tourism in urban development and creativity, and exploring the cultural landscape in tourism.