Arab Tourism Organization to put up regional tourism training center in Tunisia

Bandar bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid, second left, president of Arab Tourism Organization, holds talks on tourism development with Tunisian Tourism Minister Salma Elloumi Al-Rakik, second right, in Jeddah. (AN photo)
Updated 19 April 2017

Arab Tourism Organization to put up regional tourism training center in Tunisia

JEDDAH: Bandar bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid, president of Arab Tourism Organization (ATO), announced that the ATO has decided to grant Tunisian President Beji Caid Sibsi the Arab tourism necklace of excellence in recognition of his support to the tourism sector in Tunisia.
Al-Fuhaid has also said that a poverty fund with participation of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) would be established in Tunisia, in addition to establishing a regional tourism training center in Tunisia that will cover all Maghreb countries.
“A branch of the Arab Tourism Organization will also be opened in Tunisia and will cover all Maghreb countries,” he said.
Tunisian Tourism Minister Salma Elloumi Al-Rakik said that Tunisia was appreciative of King Salman for the continuous support of Tunisia in all levels.
Al-Rakik told Arab News that through her meeting with the president of the Arab Organization for Tourism, “we have taken several important decisions in favor of the development of tourism in Tunisia, after previous negotiations and we are now seeking to activate them in the future.”
Al-Fuhaid said the tourism and travel sector is one of the most important sectors that contribute in the deployment and help reduce unemployment.
“The volume of investments of the tourism sector in the Arab countries is expected to reach to $323 billion by the end of 2020,” Al-Fuhaid said.
Al-Fuhaid also said the inter-Arab tourism before the current unrest in the region reached 45 percent and then, as a result, dropped to about 30 percent, which caused losses that reached more than $40 billion.
He also pointed to a latest study conducted by the ATO, which indicated that Arab tourists spend more than foreign tourists, as the average expenditure on a five-day trip by an Arab tourist reaches to at least $4,500.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman patronizes closing of 4th King Abdulaziz Camel Festival

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman patronizes closing of 4th King Abdulaziz Camel Festival

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman patronized on Sunday the closing ceremony of the Fourth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival.
The king welcomed dignitaries and guests from the Gulf countries, including Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and representative of the sultan of Oman Sheikh Abdullah Hamad Al-Khalifa.
The king then handed prizes to the winners of the festival.
During the ceremony, chairman of the Camel Club’s board and general supervisor of the festival, Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin, thanked King Salman for his patronage and the “festival has become a destination for all (camel) owners within” within the Kingdom and serves as a platform “to bring together people from the Gulf and the Arab world.”
“This great gathering is a destination for all those interested in this heritage throughout the world,” he added.
Bin Hithlin also said that the club launched a package of economic decisions that will contribute to the development of this sector, and constitute an attractive factor for investments.