▷ Leaders meet in Riyadh to redefine the future of tourism …

27.10.2021 – 21:41

Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA, March 23 / PRNewswire /

150 government and business leaders meet at the FII in Riyadh

Tourism is at the top of the global agenda for the first time at the FII

SE Al Khateeb: “The economy will only recover when tourism recovers”

The Heads of State and Government will endorse the “Principles for Reshaping Tourism”

One hundred and fifty travel and tourism industry leaders from international governments and businesses will meet in Riyadh for the Redesigning Tourism Summit – Laying Foundations for Future Success.

The event takes place as part of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), an international platform that brings together more than 3,000 world leaders, investors and innovators who are able to shape the future of global investment and humanity.

His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, the Saudi Arabian Minister for Tourism, said in his speech at the FII: “Tourism is a vital sector – and its growth is important to the world’s economies. More than 330 million people depend on tourism for a living. Before the pandemic, tourism made 1 in 4 of all newly created jobs in the world.

The sector has been hit hard by Covid – with 62 million jobs lost. We need to step up global coordination to bring tourism to the fore on government agendas, to create opportunities and to make the sector resilient to future challenges.

The economy will only recover when tourism recovers. And that means we have to come together to reshape tourism based on common principles that define the future we want to see. I invite all of you to join us in accelerating recovery and reshaping tourism. “

Under the direction of Saudi Arabia and with the support of the World Travel & Tourism Council, there will be five at the summit “Principles for the reorganization of tourism”adopted:

1. Tourism is a vital sector that shapes society and builds the economy.

2. Countries will not recover until tourism recovers.

3. Tourism needs effective public-private coordination and collaboration to thrive.

4. Tourism must be part of the solution to climate change.

5. Everyone has an interest in the future of tourism.

Arnold Donald, Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council and President and CEO of Carnival Corporation PLC, welcomed the principles for transforming tourism on behalf of the private sector by saying: “It is vital that we are focused and collaborative in reshaping the travel and tourism industries. I represent more than 200 private sector CEOs, many of whom have called for greater collaboration with governments to focus on promoting Economy, enabling seamless travel and increased support for key tourist destinations that need it most.

I am excited to support the tourism reshaping principles that will ultimately strengthen the tourism industry and its livelihoods. “

Julia Simpson, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council added: “Travel and tourism are a driving force of the global economy. At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the kingdom brought the public and private sectors together under its G20 presidency. Today they are bringing together the leaders of the travel and tourism industries to revitalize the sector. “

IE Gloria Guevara, Special Senior Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Minister for Tourism, said: “It is great to have the tourism sector at the forefront of this important conference with thousands of public and private financial leaders, including investors and decision makers.

The biggest challenge for our sector last year was the lack of international coordination. The principles recognize critical issues – they put emphasis on international collaboration to ensure tourism is better for people, nature, communities and our society. “

SE Al Khateeb concluded: “Covid-19 has had a devastating and disproportionate impact on developing countries, many of which are highly dependent on the contribution of tourism to their economies and survival. Developed countries will be affected if we do not have jobs for them Creating the neediest Tourism contributes to this growth by providing education and opportunity while reducing poverty.

The principles for reshaping tourism will help us shape our future together, for existing and new travel destinations. For our present and our future.

I would like to thank the FII for putting tourism at the top of this year’s 5th anniversary agenda – in recognition of the crucial role the sector is playing in rebuilding our world. “

Notes to the editors

The principles for redesigning tourism:

1.TOURISM IS A VITAL SECTOR THAT FORMS SOCIETIES AND BUILDS ECONOMIES. Worldwide, more than 300 million people depend on tourism and the wealth that goes with it to make a living. Tourism is a driver of socio-economic development, job creation, poverty reduction and a driver of prosperity. It offers unique opportunities to women, minorities, rural communities and youth.

2.COUNTRIES WILL ONLY RECOVER WHEN TOURISM RECOVERS. Prior to the pandemic, tourism accounted for 1 in 4 of all new jobs created in the world. Covid-19 has seen employment fall 18.5% year over year, and the sector’s contribution to global GDP has decreased 49.1% by 2020. The impact on developing countries – many of which are heavily dependent on the contribution of tourism to their economies – is disproportionate.

3.TO BE SUCCESSFUL, TOURISM NEEDS EFFECTIVE COORDINATION AND COOPERATION. The sector is vulnerable to crises as it is uniquely interconnected and interwoven. We need stronger international cooperation and effective international organizations in order to reposition the tourism sector more strongly on a global level. This would ensure an integrated and coordinated approach that maximizes the sector’s contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

4.TOURISM MUST BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Tourism currently accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions and it is forecast that this sector will continue to grow in the coming decades. We must work together to reduce our contribution to global emissions and help the millions of SMEs that make up 80% of the global sector protect the planet while continuing to create jobs and growth.

5.EVERYONE HAS AN INTEREST IN THE FUTURE OF TOURISM. The vital importance of this industry means that we all have an interest in its future. We need to work together – governments and the private sector, developed and developing countries – to strengthen tourism organizations and increase representation in forums like the G20 so that we can give tourism the future we all want and need.

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