Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stressed that his country is looking forward to occupying an important position on the map of tourism and cultural heritage.
He pointed out to the comprehensiveness of tourism and its importance in education and a number of fields.
This came during his meeting with Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Dr. Talib Rifai at al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday, where the latter bade farewell to the King on the occasion of the end of his term.
Rifai thanked the King for his great efforts in supporting the World Tourism Organization, stressing the Kingdom's great status in the World.
The meeting was attended by President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz.
King Salman has requested granting the First Class King Abdulaziz Medal to Rifai in recognition of his great efforts during his supervision of the WTO and for his important role in directing part of the human resources potentials to support the efforts of the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in promoting tourism and national heritage conservation in the Kingdom.
President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage decorated the UNWTO Secretary-General with King Abdulaziz Medal during a meeting held on Tuesday between Prince Sultan and Dr. Rifai.
During the meeting, Prince Sultan lauded great efforts exerted by the UNWTO Secretary-General in consolidating relations between the WTO and the General Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
On the other hand, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received also Turkish Ambassador to the Kingdom Yunus Demirer, who bade farewell to the King on the occasion of the end of his term as his country’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
The audience was attended by Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz.