The Saudi capital, Riyadh, hosted world travel industry leaders from the public and private sectors through the tourism sector recovery summit, which was held to discuss common solutions for the advancement of the tourism sector after the major crises that befell it due to the spread of the Coronavirus.
The summit witnessed the announcement of the establishment of the International Fund for Comprehensive Tourism, which is the first fund dedicated to supporting global tourism growth in cooperation with the World Bank, and the announcement of the opening of the World Tourism Organization for its first regional office in the Middle East region. Read also Corona challenges and the summer heat .. domestic tourism in Qatar is recovering after easing restrictions When will life return to them? Tourism and aviation are the sectors most affected by Corona Tunisia.. Find out the size of the losses incurred by the tourism sector Winter tourism in Turkey … a season that challenges the virus, lockdown measures and the ban
The mission of the organization’s regional office is to coordinate policies and initiatives across 13 countries in the Middle East, promote tourism products and sustainable development, collect important statistics for the sector, exchange information, stimulate investment in tourism assets and components, and work on defining policies related to health aspects.
The list of speakers included 16 ministers of tourism from all over the world, in addition to leaders of the private sector in the fields of aviation, hospitality and cruises, as well as bodies related to the sector, where the participants exchanged experiences, ideas and opportunities through discussion panels and bilateral meetings in pursuit of a more sustainable and flexible tourism future. .
In his speech to the summit, Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khatib called for strengthening cooperation frameworks between the public and private sectors as tourism enters this new era, stressing that tourism recovery depends on 3 main principles: sustainability, inclusiveness and cooperation.
Akbar Al Baker, Secretary-General of the National Tourism Council and CEO of Qatar Airways Group, participated in the summit, which also discussed how to enhance cooperation between various government and private institutions related to the tourism industry to enable the sector to recover.
The summit included holding several sessions that discussed two main topics, recovery and sustainability, as the tourism industry was greatly affected by the “Covid-19” pandemic, especially with the disappearance of 60 million jobs from the sector globally during 2020.
On the sidelines of the summit activities, Al-Baker met with the Minister of Tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al-Khatib, and Princess Haifa Bint Muhammad Al Saud, Deputy Minister of Tourism for Strategy and Investment. The tourism sector.
The participation of the National Tourism Council in the tourism sector recovery summit comes as part of the council’s efforts to support international efforts to promote the tourism sector, and to assist in the safe return of tourism and travel worldwide.
Qatar Airways was one of the first airlines in the world to experiment with a digital health passport with the International Transport Association (IATA), which allows downloading and displaying the traveler’s health information through a special application that contributes to implementing more flexible and easy procedures for travelers around the world. .