Jamaica Looks To Saudi Arabia For Tourism Opportunities

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett met recently with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Al Khateeb, to discuss investment opportunities and other possible areas of collaboration between both countries.

During their meeting, the Ministers discussed the possibility of Jamaica benefiting from the US$100 million development fund the Government of Saudi Arabia has established in collaboration with the World Bank for small enterprises.

“We also discussed how Jamaica can benefit from investment in a number of areas including tourism infrastructure. I told him about the new destination we are developing in St. Thomas and the possibility for Saudi investment in that area,” said Bartlett.

Additionally, the Minister said they “spoke about the collaboration that Jamaica and Saudi Arabia will have in tourism development. These include the establishment of a Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre in Riyadh and collaboration with regards to sustainability and resilience projects.”

On the other hand, Minister Al Khateeb extended an invitation to Mr. Bartlett to sit on the Board of Governors of the Tourism Academy that is being established in Saudi Arabia. He also asked Minister Bartlett to participate in a mega conference of global tourism ministers in observation of the establishment of the first United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) office outside of Spain, which is being built in Riyadh.

Minister Bartlett noted that he extended an invitation to Minister Al Khateeb to visit Jamaica, adding that he intends to visit the island in September.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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