Saudi Arabia receives global tourism


I think that the most important tourist event in the world now is that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has opened its doors and its archaeological and historical sites to tourists from all over the world. I find that the credit for this achievement goes to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the Saudi Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Al-Khatib, an energetic and visionary minister. The Ministry of Tourism has held an international conference attended by many people interested in tourism from all over the world in Riyadh, and one of the most important objectives of the conference is to revive tourism and the possibility of discussing the tourism sector when it enters a new era, an era that requires new thinking and clear leadership to announce the launch and prepare for future challenges. .
This summit, which was attended by the Ministers of Tourism in many Arab countries – especially Dr. Khaled El-Anany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt, and Ministers of Tourism in Jordan and Lebanon – a platform for policy makers, particularly experts from the private sector and civil society organizations, to explore innovative ideas and propose solutions that enable the global tourism industry to rebuild in a sustainable and responsible manner.
I was impressed by the organization of the conference and the fact that young men and women from Saudi Arabia presented the conference in a wonderful style and language that impressed all the attendees. Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib announced in his opening speech that the Kingdom possesses tourism potentials at a high level. The World Tourism Organization headed by Zurab Pololikashvili participated in the organization of this conference, and even the opening ceremony of the Regional Office for the Middle East was held for the UNWTO. The conference was held over two days and was also attended by a delegate from the Ministry of Tourism whose mission was to provide all facilities to the delegates. A number of seminars were also held in which many officials from all over the world spoke about tourism. I have been invited to this conference in my capacity as an ambassador of the World Tourism Organization. Among the seminars of the conference was an important one in which I participated in on tourism and heritage, and my speech was summed up in the fact that tourism is an enemy of antiquities, meaning that the tourism tide may be a cause of the destruction of cemeteries and archaeological sites. If we take Egypt as an example, we will find that there are five thousand tourists who visit the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and enter the tomb of Tutankhamun and other tombs daily, in addition to the same number entering the pyramid of Khufu in Giza. It is known that the tourist who enters the cemetery enters about 20 grams of water as a result of breathing, which leads to an increase in the humidity. Therefore, it is necessary to reconcile tourism as a source of national income and antiquities as a very important national heritage. There are also many steps that must be followed to implement the protection process, the most important of which is the management of archaeological sites, as there is a need for countries with ancient civilizations to do what Saudi Arabia did in developing their sites.
The success of this conference had a great impact that we will notice with the return of tourism after the elimination of the “Corona” virus. The Conference on Reviving Tourism proved that the whole world will come to discover the treasures of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where Mada’in Saleh will receive the lion’s share of the visit, so we reiterate our thanks to the active minister Ahmed Al-Khatib, and I find that global tourism will return to the Kingdom, and this is the most important tourism news of the twenty-first century.


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