Saudi Arabia hosts UN meeting to revive tourism – Business Traveler

On June 7, Saudi Arabia hosted the official opening of the 116th UNWTO Executive Council, a powerful mechanism that brings together the world’s tourism leaders to shape the future of the sector.

As First Vice Chair of the UNWTO Executive Board, HE Ahmed Al Khatib discussed with world leaders that tourism must be a key part of a stronger and more sustainable world and called for greater collaboration to accelerate the recovery of the sector.

His Excellency Ahmed Al Khatib, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia commented: “Tourism is a vital engine of growth, opportunity and development and we are at a global crossroads today. Our sector could create 58 million jobs in 2022 and top 330 million jobs, just 1 percent below pre-pandemic levels. This can only be achieved with strong leadership, a clear vision and resources.

In adopting the agenda of the meeting, Member States welcomed the report on current trends in international tourism presented by UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili, along with UNWTO monitoring reports and tools developed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The two-day meeting, held in the historic city of Jeddah, was the largest Executive Council meeting held in person since the start of the pandemic. The meeting, aimed at strengthening coordination among Member States to accelerate the recovery of global tourism, demonstrated the determination of the Executive Board to adopt a collaborative approach.

In Jeddah, His Excellency was joined by ministers and representatives of 35 Executive Council Member States, as well as world tourism leaders and decision makers in the private sector.

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