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Saudi Arabia to host 26th UNWTO General Assembly in 2025, historic event

Samarkand, October 19, 2023, The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has designated Saudi Arabia as the host for the 26th session of its General Assembly in 2025, marking a historic first for the Kingdom in hosting a UN-level General Assembly. The announcement was made by Ahmed Al-Khateeb, the Minister of Tourism, during the 25th session of the UNWTO General Assembly held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from October 16 to 20.

As a prominent member of the UNWTO General Assembly, Saudi Arabia's role in shaping global tourism gains further significance with the honor of hosting the 2025 assembly. The General Assembly serves as the highest decision-making body of the UNWTO and boasts representation from over 159 member states, as well as private sector and non-governmental organizations.

Ahmed Al-Khateeb emphasized Saudi Arabia's commitment to redefining the global tourism landscape, with the 26th UNWTO General Assembly serving as a pivotal milestone in this journey. The upcoming assembly in Saudi Arabia is expected to encompass a wide range of activities focused on highlighting the role of tourism in advancing sustainable development and global peace.

Additionally, the event will offer an invaluable platform for the Kingdom to showcase its tourism and cultural advancements, while fostering international collaboration within this critical sector. Hosting the assembly underscores Saudi Arabia's dedication to steering the global tourism industry towards a brighter and more cooperative future.

Al-Khateeb acknowledged the considerable achievements realized during Saudi Arabia's chairmanship of the UNWTO's Executive Council in 2023, highlighting the development of a comprehensive roadmap designed to support worldwide cooperation and innovative initiatives. He expressed gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for their unwavering support of the Kingdom's tourism sector.

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