Gulf ministers discuss ways to boost tourism

The first GCC minister's meeting in Kuwait
The first GCC minister’s meeting in Kuwait

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) president Prince Sultan bin Salman will lead the Kingdom’s delegation to Kuwait. This is the first constituent meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) tourism ministers.

An SCTA official was quoted saying that the first meeting of ministers of tourism from GCC countries will discuss a number of key issues related to promoting tourism and heritage programs in the Gulf region. The meeting is also expected to discuss topics such as issue of a common tourist visa for the GCC, significance of private participation in the tourism sector and setting up of a Gulf federation for handicrafts.

Prince Sultan has also initiated the idea of upgrading the GCC Tourism Cooperation Committee to the ministerial level. The ministerial meeting marks beginning of a unified tourism action plan to strengthen cooperation among the GCC countries to spur growth in regional tourism.

“The meeting will pave the way for enhancing tourism cooperation among GCC countries to better serve the people by developing the regional tourism sectors comprehensively,” said the official.

The other areas of discussion will include ways and means to further upgrade tourism facilities in the region to international levels to take regional tourism to a new high.

Aside from religious tourism in the Kingdom, the domestic tourism sector is witnessing a quantum leap with the SCTA recording 5.8 million tourist trips during the current summer.

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