The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) established its first-ever regional office in Riyadh on Wednesday.
The newly opened office in Riyadh will serve as a hub for the UNWTO to organize policies and initiatives across 13 Middle East countries.
The office will assist in the promotion of various aspects. These include the promotion of tourism products, sustainable development, and collecting relevant statistics for the sector.
The opening of the new office was attended by the Secretary of UNWTO-General Zurab Pololikashvili, Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb, and regional tourism ministers and industry leaders.
“As the first office of its kind for the World Tourism Organization, it will serve as a beacon for regional cooperation”, said Al-Khateeb during the ceremony.
“We are pleased to host the office in the Kingdom, and this comes within the framework of our commitment to work with our partners in UNWTO to develop a strong industry based on principles of sustainability, and opportunities for all, in various parts of the region and the world.”
Pololikashvili said the establishment of the first regional office was a landmark event. The new office will represent a new direction for coordinating global tourism through regional solidarity.
“This new initiative realizes that compatibility at the regional level is the key to unlocking the huge tourism potential in the Middle East and creating social, economic, and environmental resilience for sector and its people,” Pololikashvili added.
The basic initiative of the UNWTO office will be to develop an international tourism academy that will support the tourism leaders of new generation.