Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has formally opened the inaugural version of the World Journey & Tourism Council Center East & North Africa Leaders Discussion board.
The one-day occasion is happening at Al Hamra Worldwide Exhibition & Convention Centre.
It featured a keynote speech from sheikh Saud, who highlighted tourism’s pivotal function within the sustainable growth and development of the emirate’s financial system.
“We wish to create an emirate that’s thriving sustainably, each economically and socially, for the profit not simply of all those that stay right here, however for all the UAE.
“With a view to create sustainable growth right here in Ras Al Khaimah, now we have been busy attempting to construct probably the most numerous economies within the area,” he mentioned.
“At the moment, no single sector of Ras Al Khaimah’s financial system makes up greater than 30 per cent of GDP.
“And when it comes to tourism, we’ve witnessed enormous development – tripling our customer numbers from below 400,000 to over a million in simply seven years,” mentioned sheikh Saud added.
Held in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Growth Authority, the discussion board introduced collectively authorities companies, trade associations, chief executives and senior leaders of the highest journey and tourism firms, specialists, and media from throughout the area, in an effort to discover up to date points going through the sector and talk about development alternatives to advance the regional agenda.
Raki Philips, chief government of Ras Al Khaimah Growth Authority, who delivered the welcome deal with to the viewers, mentioned: “We’re grateful to the World Journey & Tourism Council for the chance to host the primary Center East & North Africa Leaders Discussion board at Ras Al Khaimah.
“This discussion board is a proud second for Ras Al Khaimah because it continues to be the quickest rising locations within the area.
“Tourism is likely one of the key drivers of Ras Al Khaimah’s continued development in GDP and employment.
Guided by our Vacation spot Technique 2019-2021, we stay centered on diversifying the emirate’s tourism providing; attracting international and native funding throughout the tourism sector; nurturing home-grown small and medium enterprises to create additional employment and enterprise alternatives for Emiratis while prioritizing sustainable nature-based journey and genuine cultural experiences.”
The World Journey & Tourism Council is the physique which represents the tourism non-public sector globally.
Gloria Guevara, chief government of the World Journey & Tourism Council, mentioned: “Round 200 delegates from 45 nations have participated in our first ever Center East North Africa Discussion board.
“This area is considered one of huge potential, with all kinds of cultural, leisure and enterprise locations, a central location on the planet and governments which not solely recognise the significance of tourism however are additionally taking motion to assist it.
“The United Arab Emirates is likely one of the main tourism economies within the area and in 2018, tourism within the UAE grew 4 occasions quicker than the area as an entire.
“Ras Al Khaimah is the embodiment of this chance and it has been an honour to share the story and ambitions of the emirate with our world viewers.”