Urgent / Election of the Kingdom to chair the Executive Council of “World Tourism”

Urgent / Election of the Kingdom to chair the Executive Council of “World Tourism”
Urgent / Election of the Kingdom to chair the Executive Council of “World Tourism”

The Ministry of Tourism announced the election of the Kingdom as Chairman of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, during the 117th session meeting held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from November 23-25, 2022, becoming the first Gulf country to hold this position.

The Kingdom.. an active partner of the World Tourism Organization

On this occasion, the Minister of Tourism, Chairman of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization, Mr. Ahmed Al-Khatib, said: “The Kingdom is honored to be elected as Chairman of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization, and we believe in the importance of the organization’s pioneering role and look forward to cooperating with all countries to support and develop the global tourism sector, and the Kingdom has always been an active partner The World Tourism Organization by launching initiatives and supporting new ideas and opening the first regional office of the organization in Saudi Arabia to promote its agenda and work in the Middle East and beyond.

$800 billion in government investment in tourism by 2030

He added: “The World Tourism Organization focuses on promoting the tourism sector due to its important role in stimulating economic development, and the Kingdom, in turn, fully supports these efforts, as it pledged to allocate $800 billion in government investments in the Saudi tourism sector by the year 2030, and the development we seek To be achieved at the national and international level is sustainable, comprehensive and flexible development in order to meet the changing needs of companies and societies in general.

Saudi Arabia will hold the position for the entirety of 2023

The Kingdom previously held the position of First Vice-President of the Executive Council, but now replaces Ivory Coast, whose term has expired as Chairman of the Council.

Saudi Arabia, in its capacity as chair of the council, will focus on setting the agenda for the meetings and discussing the most important issues related to the tourism sector.

The Kingdom will facilitate meetings and manage dialogues with the aim of reaching implementable results.

The presidency of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization extends for one year, meaning that Saudi Arabia will occupy this position during the entire year 2023.

Developing tourism as a means of consolidating international peace and understanding

It is noteworthy that the World Tourism Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations, and it is a leading international organization in the tourism sector that is active in attracting global cooperation efforts to deal with issues and policies related to tourism. The organization undertakes the task of developing tourism as a means of consolidating international peace and understanding and promoting economic development and international trade.

The Executive Council is the second highest decision-making body in the organization after the General Assembly. The Council works to provide the General Assembly with recommendations for programs and initiatives that represent the views of Member States, in consultation with the Secretary-General.

The Council meets at least twice a year and consists of members elected by the General Assembly in a way that reflects the geographical diversity of the Member States of the Organization.

The article is in Arabic

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