SCTH: Saudi Arabia to boost tourism to 10% of GDP

SCTH: Saudi Arabia to boost tourism to 10% of GDP
Ahmed Al Khateeb, Chairman of the Saudi commission for tourism and national heritage gestures during an interview with Reuters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 25, 2019. (REUTERS)
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Updated 10 November 2020

SCTH: Saudi Arabia to boost tourism to 10% of GDP

SCTH: Saudi Arabia to boost tourism to 10% of GDP
  • Al Khateeb shared Saudi Arabia’s strategy for developing its emerging tourism industry in line with Vision 2030 goals to build a thriving society and diversified economy

HOKKAIDO: Saudi Arabia has shared its vision for the future of tourism in an address by Ahmed Al Khateeb, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, at a meeting of G20 tourism ministers in Japan.
Al Khateeb shared Saudi Arabia’s strategy for developing its emerging tourism industry in line with Vision 2030 goals to build a thriving society and diversified economy. He also highlighted the Kingdom’s commitment to furthering tourism’s contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The meeting offered Saudi Arabia a chance to outline its plan to place tourism, one of the world’s fastest-growing economic sectors, among the main subjects of discussion when the Kingdom assumes the G20 presidency in 2020.
Al Khateeb said: “Our strategy is to grow tourism from 3 percent to 10 percent of Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product, and to increase visitor numbers from 18 million a year to 100 million by 2030. This will, in turn, provide a total of 1.5 million jobs or 10 percent of the total workforce, predominantly among the young. We are committed to working with our partners across the tourism ecosystem to achieve these goals while protecting the economic, environmental and social well-being of the local communities affected by tourism.”

 


Saudi Arabia's KSrelief, GAVI to raise COVID-19 awareness among children

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Saudi Arabia's KSrelief, GAVI to raise COVID-19 awareness among children

Saudi Arabia's KSrelief, GAVI to raise COVID-19 awareness among children

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) on Thursday.
According to the MoC, some of the winners of the Gamers Without Borders tournament, organized by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS), will donate a sum amounting to $1,339,500 to help children worldwide face the coronavirus pandemic through preventive and awareness-raising programs.
The deal was signed by KSrelief’s General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and GAVI’s Managing Director Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao.
As the body entrusted with delivering aid provided by the Kingdom to foreign bodies, KSrelief had already signed an MoC with SAFEIS to allocate the donation funds resulting from the organization of the Gamers Without Borders tournament, which amounted to $10 million, to international organizations and bodies concerned with combating COVID-19 worldwide.
“We have signed an MoC with an international organization that has historical relations with the Kingdom,” said Al-Rabeeah.
“In 2020, the world faced the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected and killed millions around the world, and has had dangerous and negative repercussions on international health systems and the global economy,” he added.
Saraka-Yao said: “This MoC will promote our ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, help those affected by the coronavirus and contribute to the prevention efforts.”