The commission has submitted a strategy for the
development of national tourism in KSA
It is impossible to separate tourism from culture and
heritage: Prince Sultan
Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi
Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has confirmed that Saudi
Arabia is witnessing a significant renaissance in tourism with the support of
King Salman, who directed attention to be paid to this vital sector.
In his address at the 8th Session of Tourism
Ministers of the Group 20, which opened in the Argentine capital of Buenos
Aires on Tuesday, the prince said the commission has submitted a strategy for
the development of national tourism, approved by the state in 2005, to be one
of the most important engines of the economy in the national transformation
program and adopted as a central element, along with heritage and culture, in
the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
He pointed out that the Kingdom has announced
through several government institutions investments amounting to nearly half a
trillion US dollars in large projects characterized by tourism in a number of
Prince Sultan noted the importance of inviting
ministers of culture and heritage officials to participate in the meetings of
tourism ministers from the G-20 countries, from the next session in Japan which
will be followed by one in the Kingdom.
He added: “By examining offers and plans presented
by the G-20 countries, we have noticed that it is impossible to separate
tourism from culture and heritage.
is tourism an economic engine, it also plays an important role in
cross-cultural communication and the convergence of people and nations.”
Prince Sultan highlighted the fact that the SCTH and
the tourism sector have received considerable support from the government in the
past two years in terms of regulations, laws, and project funding.
Public Investment Fund (PIF) is now playing a major role in establishing
tourism projects,” he said, emphasizing that the SCTH has partnered with the
PIF to launch several tourist destinations and tourism companies.
He added: “For us, tourism isn’t a sector but an
industry. We, alongside our partners, have managed to establish and enhance 33
regional and specialized museums in which we employ many Saudi men and women
who have graduated from universities abroad and can speak multiple languages.”
On the sidelines of the session, Prince Sultan
signed an agreement with Argentine Minister of Tourism Gustavo Santos to
enhance cooperation in tourism and heritage. The prince said the commission is
working on benefiting from advanced and rich experiences in different countries
of the world.
Our international agreements are an important source
for developing our business, he said, as they contribute to the exchange of
expertise. – AN