RIYADH: Saudi Arabia hosted on Thursday the Global Tourism Crisis Committee meeting of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
During the meeting, the committee presented its recommendations on how to resume safe travel, and the procedures that must be adhered to to restore travelers’ confidence.
Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb opened the meeting by highlighting the Kingdom’s pioneering role in leading the travel and tourism sector and the participation of member states in the measures taken by the Saudi government, which led to the Kingdom being considered among the top countries in the world in dealing with the crisis.
Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO secretary general, thanked the Kingdom for hosting the meeting and urged member states to work together to restore travelers’ confidence and adhere to the procedures that ensure safe travel.
Greek Minister of Tourism and chairman of the committee’s technical committee, Harry Theochari, presented a package of proposals, the most important of which is the need to provide financial support to companies operating in the sector to overcome the crisis and protect jobs, and the need to employ technology to facilitate the traveler’s journey and restore confidence.