Saudi Arabia launches Sustainable Tourism Global Center (STGC)

 Tuesday, October 26, 2021 

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The Saudi Arabian Government has launched the Sustainable Tourism Global Center (STGC), which is a multi-country, multi-stakeholder union that will hasten the tourism sector’s transition to net zero emissions, along with taking action to preserve nature and support communities.


STGC was launched by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, which will support travelers, governments, and the private sector, to make sure that tourism initiates growth and generates jobs, while playing an important role to achieve the climate goals laid out in the Paris Agreement, including contributing toward keeping the world to under 1.5-degrees Celsius warming.


With the global travel and tourism sector accountable for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, Saudi Arabia has prioritized urgent action to support this important sector.


The Global Center will be the platform to bring together knowledge and expertise, aiming to be the “north star” for the tourism sector as it slowly gets back from the COVID-19 pandemic, moving toward a sustainable future. Globally, tourism supports more than 330 million livelihoods – and pre-pandemic, it generated one in four new jobs globally.


HE Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia said, “The tourism sector contributes to 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions – and this is expected to grow if we don’t act now. Tourism is also a highly fragmented sector. 80% of businesses in tourism are small and medium sized enterprises who rely on guidance and support from sector leadership. The sector must be part of the solution.”

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