GCC adopts tourism vision
RIYADH: Kuwait’s Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said yesterday that the meeting of the GCC tourism ministers had adopted a single strategic vision for joint tourism cooperation. Speaking to KUNA and TV following the meeting, he said an executive team would be set up to put this vision in place within one month’s time, quoting the conferees as underscoring the significance of reactivating the tourism sector in the region thanks to its role in the promotion of Gulf identity.
He added that the meeting had decided a set of weighty resolutions chiefly aiming at consolidating Gulf tourism cooperation through a single vision for culture and tourism in the GCC member states. The Kuwaiti minister, highly appreciated Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s interest in and keenness on revamping the sector of tourism and culture in the Gulf region. He also called for further strengthening and cementing coordination and cooperation among the GCC countries as a key tool for safeguarding regional security and stability and maintaining Gulf gains and assets.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah emphasized that it is imperative for the GCC countries to reactivate the role of national heritage in deepening Gulf national identity and consolidating bonds among the Gulf people. Speaking to KUNA and TV after touring the Handicraft Exhibition and National Museum at King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh, the minister said the exhibition shows a set of handicrafts that are meant to promote Gulf identity and belonging and to link between past and present. In this context, the minister underlined the GCC countries’ interest in encouraging and spurring handicrafts in the field of tourism and culture in the region. — KUNA
GCC Ministers of Tourism and Culture pose for a group photo. — KUNA photos