Tourism leaders and experts unite in Saudi Arabia to mark World Tourism Day 2023

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Leaders from the global tourism sector will come together in Riyadh for this year’s UNWTO World Tourism Day (WTD), taking place from September 27th to 28th. They will emphasize the significance of tourism and explore ways to boost the sector, with a focus on people, the planet, and prosperity.

Under the theme “Tourism and Green Investments,” WTD 2023 will delve into how investment in people and the planet can ensure livelihoods and promote mutual understanding. The global tourism sector is expected to contribute $9.5 trillion to GDP in 2023, according to the WTTC, and is on track to reach pre-pandemic levels, with an expected surpassing of 2019 levels in 2024.

Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al-Khateeb, highlighted the opportunity to chart a sustainable course for tourism, centered on job creation, economic resilience, and cultural and environmental preservation. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili stressed the need for investment in education and innovation to drive long-term growth.

The event in Riyadh will be a significant gathering of global tourism leaders, featuring engaging sessions, discussions, and workshops led by sector experts and government leaders. It reflects Saudi Arabia’s commitment to showcasing its progress in connecting cultures, nurturing talent, and creating investment opportunities.

Saudi Arabia’s hosting of this event is a testament to its growing role in the global tourism sector and follows the Kingdom’s election as Chair of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for 2023.

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