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Tourism Minister, Arab Tourism Organization discuss closer cooperation

August 25, 2022

Manama, Aug. 24 (BNA): Tourism Minister Fatima bint Jaafar Al Sairafi received the President of the Arab Tourism Organization, Dr. Bandar bin Fahad Al Fhaid.

Al Sairafi affirmed Bahrain‘s commitment to actively contribute to various initiatives aimed at boosting the rates of intra-Arab tourism and increasing the contribution of this type of tourism to economic, social and cultural development in Arab countries.

She noted that the ministry places this matter high on its agenda while participating in various regional and international meetings related to tourism.

Al Sairafi stressed the importance of investing the current global developments in promoting tourism in the Arab region and attracting Arab and foreign tourists towards the Arab region.

The minister discussed activating cooperation in several topics, including Arab tourism integration and in the field of tourism marketing, training Arab nationals in the tourism sector, attracting tourism investments to the Arab region, keeping pace with the digital transformation in the tourism industry and promoting tourist sites and destinations in the Arab world.

She expressed the ministry's readiness to support the projects and initiatives of the Arab Tourism Organization that contribute to revitalizing the various tourism sectors, including business tourism, that achieve economic, investment and development benefits.

Dr. Al Fhaid highlighted the work done by the Ministry of Tourism in Bahrain to enhance the Kingdom’s position on the regional and global tourism map.

He expressed his thanks for the Kingdom’s support for the work of the Arab Tourism Organization and the efforts it is making for advancing the tourism industry in the Arab world as a whole.

Dr. Bandar stressed the willingness of the Arab Tourism Organization to activate its role as one of the joint Arab action organizations that work with Arab ministries and tourism authorities.