World Tourism Organization opens first regional office in Riyadh

RIYADH — Secretary-General of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili and Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb on Wednesday inaugurated the first regional office of UNWTO in Riyadh.

The new office will serve as a hub for UNWTO to coordinate policies and initiatives across 13 countries in the Middle East and will serve as a central forum to support tourism initiatives in the region and achieve long-term growth for the sector.

The office will lead the work of UNWTO in various parts of the region and contribute to promoting tourism products, sustainable development, and collecting important statistics for the sector, in response to the need for local initiatives to drive change. The office will stimulate investment in tourism assets and lead regional cooperation in exchanging data and health policy.

At the outset of the ceremony, Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb said: “We are happy to host the office in Saudi Arabia, and this comes within the…

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