Prince Sultan bin Salman Discusses Future of Tourism at Chengdu
2017-09-18 - Saudi Gazzette - CHENGDU, China Prince Sultan Bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and head of the Kingdom's delegation, participated in the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), here on Thursday, the third day of deliberations, during which a number of challenges facing the future of the tourism sector and travel markets were discussed. He also participated in the voting session for the election of the secretary general of the World Tourism Organization for the period from 2018 to 2021. Zurab Pololikashvili of Georgia was elected as secretary general of the organization and successor to Dr. Taleb Al-Rifai, the current secretary general, whose term will end December 2017. Prince Sultan congratulated the new secretary general and wished him success in his tenure, stressing the Kingdom's keenness and constant support for the organization's success and prosperity. Prince Sultan expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation for the great efforts exerted by Dr. Taleb Al-Rifai during his term as secretary general. Earlier, on Wednesday Prince Sultan confirmed, in a speech, the importance of tourism and empowering it to be a strong supporter for the economy and a generator of job opportunities. The prince pointed out that the Kingdom has worked with the WTO to achieve the largest growth in the tourism sector, adding that the Kingdom under the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, is moving with all its strength to promote tourism and support it at various levels so as to continue to reap further successes thatÃ???Ã??Ã?¢??s in parallel with the aspirations of the citizens, residents and visitors to the Kingdom. Prince Sultan said that the SCTH has worked on this since its beginnings until tourism in the Kingdom has reached such high levels today, adding that tourism today is the second sector in terms of numbers in providing job opportunities for Saudi citizens. He noted that one of the factors that has led to success in the tourism sector in the Kingdom is that the commission has involved citizens in planning and implementation, which enabled the sector grow rapidly without encountering any obstacles. SPA 

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