NEW DELHI, INDIA – UAE Minister of Economy and Head of the Emirates Tourism Council Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri met separately with the ministers of India, UK, Indonesia and Japan on the G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting in Goa.
Bin Touq met with Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia; John Whittingdale United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Media, Tourism and Creative Industries; G Kishan Reddy, Union Tourism and Culture Minister of India, and Koichi Wada, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency.
This came during Bin Touq’s participation in the G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting in Goa, India, recently in the presence of over 20 decision-makers from the global tourist field.
Bin Touq said that the UAE is keen on developing tourism ties with countries and building fruitful partnerships in various fields that supports economic, social growth and prosperity.
He said UAE had adopted a forward-looking vision to develop a distinguished tourism sector at the regional and global levels, as this vital sector has witnessed continuous national efforts, accelerated steps and extensive investments.
These have contributed to launching an excellent infrastructure under the best international practices, and developing pioneering and diversified tourism destinations and products.
During his meetings with the four ministers, Bin Touq reviewed the significance of the UAE Tourism Strategy 2031 and its prominent role in supporting the sustainability and competitiveness of the sector in the country by the next decade.
This strategy set an array of national objectives, which included boosting the UAE’s position to be number one globally as the best tourist destination.
He also discussed increasing the tourism sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP to US$122.5 billion (AED450 billion) and attracting US$27 billion (AED100 billion) to the sector in the country’s markets while attracting 40 million guests in line with ‘We the UAE 2031’ vision.