Riyadh, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosted today a virtual meeting of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, an affiliate of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The meeting discussed the Committee’s recommendations to help resume safe travel as well as the procedures that should be adhered in order to restore the confidence of travellers.
Addressing the meeting, Minister of Tourism Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb reiterated 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 made the Kingdom one of the best countries in the world in dealing with this crisis resulting from the pandemic.
For his part, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili urged member states to work together to restore travellers’ confidence and adhere to the procedures that ensure safe travel.
Greek Minister of Tourism Harry Theoharis, who is also Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Crisis Committee, presented a package of proposals including the need to provide financial support to companies operating in the sector to overcome the crisis and protect jobs, and underlined the importance of employing technology to facilitate travelers’ journeys and restore their confidence.
The meeting was attended by member states of the committee including China, Italy, Greece and Brazil, and a group of international organizations, including the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Travel and Tourism Council, the International Maritime Organization, the International Cruise Line Association, the International Airports Council and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Source: Saudi Press Agency