UNWTO Ministerial Forum

  • UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum

    Tourism’s contribution to sustainable economic growth and diversification in the MENA region

    The forum will bring together Ministers of Tourism and industry leaders in the MENA region to consider ways to capitalise on tourism growth in the region while building a sustainable ecosystem.

    Taking place at the Al Multaqua Ballroom, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), Dubai. Monday, 24 April 2017 15.30 - 17.30. See session information.

  • The forum will address the following issues:

    • Empowering evidence based decision making and accurate measurement of the contribution of Tourism to current and future economic growth - particularly as regards GDP, jobs and exports - and its multiplier effect on other sectors of the economy.
    • Enhancing the contribution of domestic tourism alongside international tourism (especially intra-regional) in delivering sustainable economic growth from the sector.
    • Main challenges and opportunities for securing investment in Tourism (FDI and domestic investment).
    • Strategies and measures to strengthen Tourism’s resilience to external shocks.
    • Ensuring that economic growth due to Tourism leads to the sustainable and inclusive development of host communities and the transition towards a green economy.
    • Investing in technology - driven innovations to enhance performance and improve competitiveness.
    • Policies to promote job creation and entrepreneurship
    • Strengthening the sector’s institutional framework, engaging and aligning key governmental role players on Tourism policy issues and targets and developing result driven partnerships with local and international stakeholders.
  • Provisional Programme

    15.30 - 16.00

    Opening session

    H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed AlMansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates
    Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
    Mr. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, Reed Exhibitions

    Keynote address

    H.R.H. Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Saudi Arabia

    16.00 - 17.20

    Panel Debate

    Confirmed speakers:

    Ministers/Heads of NTAs and NTOs
    Shaikh Khaled Bin Hmoud Al Khalifa, Executive Director for Bahrain Authority for Tourism and Exhibitions, Bahrain
    H.E. Mr. Mohamed Yehia Rashed, Minister of Tourism of Egypt
    H.E. Mrs. Lina Mazhar Annab, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan
    H.E. Mr. Avedis Guidanian , Minister of Tourism of Lebanon
    Mrs. Maitha Saif Majid Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Oman
    H.E. Mrs. Salma Elloumi Rekik, Minister of Tourism and handicrafts of Tunisia
    H.E. Mr. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, United Arab Emirates Mr. Haitham Mattar, CEO and Head of Tourism Development Authority, Ras Al-Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, United Arab Emirates

    Private sector
    Mr. Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, Emirates Airline
    Mr. Vijay Poonoosamy, Vice president, Etihad Airways
    Mr. Eyad Jasim Al Kharafi, Chairman of Traveler´s Guild, Al Kharafi Group, Kuwait
    Mr. Antonio Peña, Director, JSF T&T School
    Mr. Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Dawood, CEO, Al Tayyar Group
    Mr. Ivan Jakovljevic, Travel Industry Director, MENA region, Google
    Mr. Yousef Wahbah, Partner & Leader, Real Estate & Hospitality, MENA region, Ernst & Young
    Mr. Antonio Lopez de Avila, Director Tourism Innovation Centre, IE (Instituto de Empresa), Spain
    Mr. Carl Obst, Director, Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA)
    Mr. Antoine Medawar, Vice president for the MENA Region, AMADEUS

    Confirmed moderators:
    Becky Anderson, CNN International

    17.20 - 17.30

    Conclusions and Closing Remarks by Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

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