Published on : Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The World Travel & Tourism Council marks respect to the leadership of Saudi Arabia. This tribute was also paid for its support to the local and global private sector at G20 and over 45 CEOs of the biggest travel companies of the world, and private sector leaders from the G20 countries
Saudi Arabia urged the partnership of the global travel and tourism sector on developing a solid plan to speed up the global recovery during their G20 Chairmanship of the Tourism Track.
WTTC presented the 100 million jobs recovery plan as a result which included input from its whole membership, other leaders, and global organizations, which primarily targets on recommencing international travel and speed up the recovery through unprecedented public-private collaboration.
Chaired by Minister for Tourism, Ahmed Al Khateeb, the event created a history with G20 Tourism Ministers listening for the first time directly to CEOs representing key global markets. Also, international organizations like the IATA and ICAO were present at the event. In addition to OECD and UNWTO.
Important companies of Saudi Arabia like the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, Flynas, Amaala, Aqalat, Riyadh Airport, Royal Commission of AlUla, Aramco, Dur Hospitality, Neom, the Red Sea Development Company, Saudia, Seera Group and Kingdom Holding, also took part in this unprecedented event.
The special session of the vent talked about and explored the primary initiatives like the significance of the protocol of an international testing in order to apply for a testing at departure, contact tracing standards and the establishment of air corridors between the crucial hubs like the NY, London, Dubai and others, which could deliver the prompt recovery of the sector.
To quote Gloria Guevara, president & CEO, WTTC, “We would like to thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and specially the Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and Ahmed Al Khateeb for being the driving force behind this historic milestone. The 100 million jobs global recovery plan is an unprecedented initiative and we thank Saudi Arabia for his leadership, his continued support and commitment to Travel & Tourism.”
“Millions of lives have been impacted during this crisis, and only through great leadership and collaboration, the world will overcome the situation, so we thank them for leading us,” she said.
“Saudi Arabia is fast becoming a major world tourist destination and last year, our annual Economic Impact Research revealed that Saudi Arabia was the fastest growing country, with a travel and tourism GDP growth four times the global average. This represented 14% growth, compared to the overall economy which fell 0.1%,” Guevara added.