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Saudi Arabia elected to WTO executive council


Sourse: Arab News

Saudi Arabia has been elected to the UN World Tourism Organization Executive Council from 2023 to 2027 for the Middle East region. The Kingdom has been elected as a member of the work team in charge of “Redesigning Tourism for the Future,” which was formed under an initiative introduced by Saudi Arabia during the 24th General Assembly of the UNWTO in 2021. The work team aims to enhance the role played by the UNWTO as a pioneer in the global tourism sector. The election was held during the 49th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Middle East hosted by Jordan from June 7 to 9, 2023. Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb led the Kingdom’s delegation that took part in the meeting.

Saudi Arabia is widely seen as the final frontier of tourism. As the birthplace of Islam, and a millennia-old crossroads of pilgrims and traders, the Kingdom’s rich culture and diverse heritage has no equal. In September 2019, Saudi Arabia opened its doors to the world for the first time. The launch of the Kingdom’s tourism visa saw visitors from around the globe flock to explore Saudi’s ancient history, striking landscapes, and warm hospitality. Last year, Saudi Arabia welcomed 67 million visitors, a sure sign that Vision 2030 is shaping the future of the Kingdom’s travel and tourism sector.


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