(27 May 2021) The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has opened its first Regional Office for the Middle East.
The new office will serve as a hub for UNWTO to coordinate policy and initiatives across its 13 Member States in the region.
Ahmed Al Khateeb, Saudi Minister for Tourism, said, “We are thrilled to host the new Regional Office in Saudi Arabia. This demonstrates our commitment to working with our partners at the UNWTO to develop a strong industry based on the principles of sustainability and opportunities for all, across the region and globally.”
Riyadh will also be home to an expanded UNWTO International Tourism Academy, providing opportunities for people of all backgrounds from across the region, including women and youth.
UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, said, “The first UNWTO Regional Office will be a centre of conversation, debate and decision-making and bring hope to many people across the region allowing them to enjoy the social and economic benefits only tourism can deliver. Work on the office began after the start of the pandemic, proof of our determination and the strong support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”