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UN tourism body UNWTO opens regional Middle East office in Riyadh

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has set up its regional office for the Middle East in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, after executive council members of the UN body approved the decision during its 112th session.

The announcement was confirmed by Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Tourism Ahmed al-Khateeb on Wednesday, adding in a statement that the Kingdom’s cooperation with UNWTO was more important than ever for.

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“I am therefore very excited that Saudi Arabia will become home to the first ever UNWTO Regional Office, which aims to support growth at a national and regional level. We hope this will provide a model for future collaborations around the world,” al-Khateeb said in a statement.

“Tourism not only boosts economies, it also builds bridges between cultures and enriches lives. It is one of the only sectors that is able to drive such tangible transformative change, on so many levels,” he added.

The new UNWTO regional office in Riyadh is expected to serve as a hub for the UNWTO to 13 countries in the Middle East.

His Excellency Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Tourism, today announced that the establishment of the UNWTO Regional Office for the Middle East in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has been approved by UNWTO Executive Council members. The announcement was made in a statement at the 112th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, hosted in Georgia, Tbilisi.

The new UNWTO Regional Office will serve as a hub for the UNWTO to 13 countries in the Middle East.

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