Oman-Arab tourism conference is eager in endorsing culture & heritage

 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 

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indexThe Arab Media and Sustainable Tourism Conference took place in Salalah on Sunday. It was arranged under the sponsorship of H E Mohammed bin Salim bin Said al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs.

Dr Abdulaziz Othman al Twaijri, director general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and tourism officials from inside and outside the sultanate took part in the opening ceremony.

The conference was hosted by the Arab Center for Tourism Media (ACTM), in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Dhofar Municipality. Academics and media professionals from different Arab media institutions simultaneously took part in the conference.

Dr Sultan bin Khamis al Yahya’ee, chairman of ACTM, gave a speech at the time which he highlighted the significance of the conference. Also, he underlined the huge tourism potentials at the Arab level.

Dr Taleb al Rifai, former secretary general of the World Tourism Organization, underlined in his speech the role of tourism media behind promoting community awareness of the true understanding of tourism, travel and comprehensive development.

He stated that the constant growth of tourism and travel sector in spite of the challenges facing them. Also, he highlighted that tourism and travel contribute towards enriching the cultural diversity of the world.

Princess Diana Firas, chairperson of Petra National Trust and Unesco Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Heritage highlighted the initiations of Petra National Trust to protect the cultural, archaeological and environmental heritage of Petra and the surrounding areas, stressing the efforts of ACTM in highlighting the Arab tourism components.

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