Gloria Guevara and World Travel & Tourism Council Congratulate Saudi Arabia on its new Tourism Ministry

London, UK: Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, today congratulates Saudi Arabia as it transformed The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage into a ministry, and renamed it the Ministry of Tourism.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, also issued a royal order appointing Ahmed Aqil Alkhateeb as Minister of Tourism.

WTTC has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism since September of 2019 to establish Saudi Arabia as a top five inbound destination, with 100 million international and domestic visits, by 2030. The partnership harnesses the power and expertise of WTTC’s global membership, world class events and 30 years’ experience in research and strategic policy work, to support Saudi Arabia’s ambitious goals and Vision 2030 plan.

Regarding the transformation, Gloria Guevara said:

“I would like to congratulate Saudi Arabia on its decision to transform the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage into a Ministry, as well as His Excellency Ahmed Aqil Alkhateeb for his new role as Minister of Tourism. This shift speaks to the country’s great commitment to opening the country for tourism and their work towards the Vision 2030 plan.”

“Tourism is one of the world’s most important drivers of economic growth and social opportunities. In line with the country’s Vision 2030, in ten years, tourism will comprise more than 10% of Saudi Arabia's GDP, compared to 3% today.”

“The government continues to recognise the enormous opportunities tourism can bring to the country and as they make strong strides towards the creation of over 260,000 new sector jobs within the next three years and over a million jobs by 2030, I am delighted to see the tangible changes the destination is making to drive future tourism.”

Guevara continued, “The potential for tourism in Saudi Arabia is limitless. The country has a wealth of natural and cultural resources not yet discovered by many international travellers. Travel & Tourism growth will not only create jobs and economic growth but will also spread a new understanding of Saudi Arabia’s rich culture around the world, and this newest change will only aide in that growth and transformation.”