On the occasion of the 24th session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism, hosted by Egypt on Wednesday 8th of dec, at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, and for two days, Dr. Khaled El-Anany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, hosted a dinner banquet for a number of Arab tourism ministers and ambassadors of the countries participating in the council, in a hotel in Cairo.
The dinner was attended by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the State of Bahrain, the Minister of Heritage and Tourism of the Sultanate of Oman, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism of the State of Yemen, the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Media Sector of the League of Arab States, the President of the Arab Tourism Organization, the Undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Tourism for Regulatory Affairs and Policies, and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism. The media in the State of Kuwait, along with a number of ambassadors and heads of delegations of Arab countries participating in the Council, and the Director of the Department of Transport and Tourism in the League of Arab States.
They discussed ways to promote joint cooperation between the countries of the Arab world in the field of tourism and antiquities, and work to push more tourism movement among them, in recognition of the importance of the tourism industry in promoting economic development and providing job opportunities directly and indirectly.
The discussion also touched upon during the dinner banquet to discuss ways to support the recovery of the tourism sector in the Arab countries after the crisis of the Corona Virus pandemic, as well as discussing some different axes and areas, including the areas of activation and promotion, tourism training, as well as sustainable tourism.
In the meeting, the Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ambassador Ahmed Rashid Khattabi, called for the adoption of alternative tourism systems that benefit from the potential of digital transformation, and the development of tourism products in a manner that reflects the diversity and richness of our Arab environment.
Bring up to date the tourism strategy Al-Khattabi stressed that the concepts and papers presented to this session will constitute on the path to achieving the goals of this council in upgrading the reality of Arab tourism, putting our priority to provide more support, in light of the paper presented by the State of Palestine (the advancement of Palestinian tourism, especially in East Jerusalem, in order to protect its spiritual, heritage and urban heritage).