Saudi Arabia retains world tourism body seat

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Saudi Arabia was participating in a UNWTO regional committee meeting held on Sunday in Cairo. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia was participating in a UNWTO regional committee meeting held on Sunday in Cairo. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia was participating in a UNWTO regional committee meeting held on Sunday in Cairo. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia was participating in a UNWTO regional committee meeting held on Sunday in Cairo. (SPA)
Updated 26 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia retains world tourism body seat

  • Saudi Arabi’s place on the UNWTO executive council is in line with the tourism aims of the leadership’s Vision 2030 reform plan — to transform Saudi Arabia into a global tourist destination

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia has retained its seat on the executive council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the Middle East region for the third time in a row, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Arabia was participating in a UNWTO regional committee meeting held on Sunday in Cairo.
The country was represented by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and the delegation was headed by Ahmad bin Aqil Al-Khatib, who is chairman of the SCTH board of directors.
The Kingdom’s place on the UNWTO executive council is in line with the tourism aims of the leadership’s Vision 2030 reform plan — to transform Saudi Arabia into a global tourist destination.
Al-Khatib held bilateral meetings with a number of officials including the secretary-general of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, and Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Dr. Rania Al-Mashat.
Recently, the Kingdom announced that tourists would be offered special “events” visas to visit Saudi Arabia.


Al-Jubeir meets UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Updated 25 April 2019
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Al-Jubeir meets UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

LONDON: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the British Foreign Office in London on Thursday.

The two sides held talks during which they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and regional and international developments.

The meeting was attended by the Kingdom’s Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber.

Al-Jubeir also met with Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt and a number of UK Parliament members at the Saudi Embassy in London.

Earlier, Hunt highlighted the strategic partnership between Britain and Saudi Arabia and said that it would help British efforts to end the war in Yemen. “The strategic relationship that the UK has with Saudi Arabia is what allows us to have a huge influence in bringing about peace in Yemen,” he said.