Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Kateeb and Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili have signed an agreement to establish the UNWTO Regional Office in Riyadh.
The office will cover 13 countries in the region, and will serve as a platform to build long-term growth in the travel and tourism sector of the Middle East.
The decision to open the office was approved by UNWTO executive council members and announced at the 112th session of the council in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The organization will manage the office from its headquarters in Madrid, Spain.
Al-Kateeb said Wednesday that “international cooperation and the role of the UNWTO are more important than ever.”
“I am therefore very excited that Saudi Arabia will become home to the first ever UNWTO Regional Office, which aims to support growth at a national and regional level,” he added.