The sultanate’s delegation is being led by H E Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamad al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism. H E Mehrzi said that Oman’s participation in the meetings of the 23rd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly aims at solidifying bilateral relations in tourism sector and expressing Oman’s readiness to support the international efforts exerted for developing tourism.
“The current session attaches great attention to the role and significance of innovation in achieving sustainable development in tourism through reducing costs, increasing revenues, creating new jobs, and the optimal use of resources. It is known that achieving economic growth in tourism sector cannot be claimed without having some sort of resources sustainability which has been our focus in Oman through the sultanate’s Tourism Strategy,” H E Mehrzi said.
The Secretary General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili briefed the attendees on the latest activates of the organisation and the efforts for establishing an on-line academy for innovation.
He expressed his support to the recommendations the UNWTO made on urban tourism which will be submitted to the General Assembly for approval. The Secretary General of UNWTO encouraged the members to support the Statistical Framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (SF-MST) and the UNWTO Agenda for Africa 2030.
Pololikashvili’s report addressed the current views in international tourism and highlighted that, backed by a relatively strong global economy, advanced tech, affordable travel costs, and easier visa procedures, it made a record growth in 2018.
According to the report, the international arrivals made a 6 per cent growth to 1.4bn people which is a record that has been achieved two years earlier of the expected date.
The report pointed out that the governments all over the world have a good opportunity to transform investment environment into more promising ones.
Till September 13 the session has an extended programme which also touches on sustainability, medical and health tourism, education and employment in tourism, etc.
The session of the General Assembly of UNWTO which is held every two years is a good opportunity for all stakeholders from the public and private sectors all over the world to discuss and share knowledge on the mechanisms and methods of enhancing and optimising tourism.