Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest investors in the tourism sector and it is a key factor for sustainable growth and future prosperity of the country, Mr. Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, said.
The remarks from Mr. Al-Khateeb came ahead of the second United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Tourism Investment Forum which is held in Cabo Verde, Africa.
The minister will join other tourism leaders for the second UNWTO Global Tourism Investment Forum. Mr. Al-Khateeb who’s visiting Cabo Verde will meet several counterparts from African countries and others.
“Delighted to be in the beautiful country of Cabo Verde for UNWTO meetings and to meet my tourism counterparts from Africa, to strengthen relationships and discuss how we can redesign tourism for the future,” Mr. Al-Khateeb tweeted.
After meeting his African counterparts in Cabo Verde, Mr. Al-Khateeb said that tourism is a key component of sustainable growth and future prosperity. It is time to restructure the industry to make it more resilient and ensure long-term success. Saudi Arabia is committed to tourism and the sector will flourish in the country.
Mr. Al-Khateeb met with the Gambian Minister of Tourism and Culture on the sidelines of the UNWTO Africa Commission meeting. He expressed his appreciation for the partnership between Saudi Arabia and the Gambia. He explained the country’s plan to work closely to redesign tourism and ensure the sector drives prosperity.
Mr. Al-Khateeb also met with Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Tourism Mr. Siandou Fofana. They discussed the challenges facing tourism because of COVID-19. The Saudi minister also added the country is looking forward to working together for the future of this critical sector.