22nd session of council held
AL-AHSA, Saudi Arabia, Dec 23, (KUNA): Kuwait has become for the first time a member of the Executive Office of the Arab Council for Tourism, a Kuwaiti official announced on Monday. Kuwait was nominated for this membership due to its strides in the sector, said Assistant Undersecretary of Kuwait Tourism Sector Yousef Mustafa in remarks to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
Speaking on sidelines the 22nd session of the Executive Office and the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism, held in Al- Ahsa, Mustafa expressed hope to achieve aspirations of Kuwaiti and GCC countries’ citizens at this level, indicating that Kuwait has resources for fully-fledged tourism. Tourism today is a very large industry and countries depend on their income from it, he said, noting that Kuwait has worked for diversifying sources of income to achieve the desired goal of launching a fully-operational tourism authority and providing thousands of job opportunities for Kuwaitis and residents.
All the decisions issued by the ministerial meeting in its 22nd session are in the interest of upgrading Arab tourism, Mustafa added. The meeting came up with recommendations stressing on more efforts in the realm and supporting human cadres serving in the field, he added.
The Executive Office and the Arab Ministerial Council started holding sessions on Sunday, in presence of Arab tourism ministers, representatives of Arab and international organizations. The conferees have discussed challenges of tourism security and reviewed an updated draft of the Arab tourism strategy.
They agreed to hold the 26th session of the Executive Office in 2020 in Cairo. Moreover, Manama was chosen as the capital of Arab tourism in 2020. Al-Ahsa, one of 10 main cities in the Kingdom that hosts the world largest in oasis, is famous for three million palm trees.