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Sultanate Takes Part in Arab Ministerial Council For Tourism

Oct 30, 2013

inistry of Tourism represented the Sultanate in the 16th session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism 2013 which opened in the Kingdom of Bahrain today.

Ahmed bin Nasser al-Mahrzi, Minister of Tourism chairs the delegation of the Sultanate with the participation of the Arab Tourism Ministers or their representatives. 

The agenda of the meeting included a welcome address of the Secretariat General of the Arab League, a speech by the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in the Republic of the Sudan, Chairman of the previous session. The Presidency was handed over to the Kingdom of Bahrain, which celebrates this year being the capital of Arab Tourism.

Ahmed bin Nasser al-Mahrzi, Minister of Tourism referred to the importance of the role of the Organization in activating Arab tourism and achieving integration among Arab states in the tourism sector, and reviewing the streamlining of the various economic-drive procedures to support Arab tourism.

He affirmed in a statement that the Sultanate, according to the Arab travel and tourism competitiveness report, issued every two years by the organization, has made a significant progress on the Arab and international level over the past four years, hoping that efforts towards greater activation of the Sultanate's tourist plans in a manner that goes in line and keeps pace with the developments at the international level. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report for the Arab States depends on examining a number of indicators of the regulatory and legal framework, infrastructure, human and natural resources. 

The meeting discussed topics relevant to strengthening Arab joint action in the area of tourism and to follow up the implementation of the previous decisions, including a program named "Know your Arab World for Arab Youth", which aims at tourist exchanges between young Arabs and familiarize them with the Arab world natural and cultural variety potentials. The program is hosted this year by the Kingdom of Bahrain where ten young people from various countries will take part.

The meeting discussed the Economic and Social Council decision on the Charter of preserving the architectural heritage in the Arab States, activation of the joint cooperation between the Arab Tourism Ministers and South American countries. This aims to achieving a strategic partnership of common interests through cooperation in the fields of exchange of experience, planning for tourist destinations and tourism purposes, for the development and preservation of heritage villages, the revitalization of environmental tourism and urging investors to do joint investment and tourism projects.