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Uprisings cost region Dh24.5b

Conference looks at products to boost tourism

Gulf News

Amman: The Arab uprisings have inflicted heavy losses on Arab countries estimated at Dh24.5 billion ($7 billion), according toy Bandar Bin Fahd, chairman of the Arab Tourism Organisation, on the sidelines of a three-day conference which concluded at the Red Sea port of Aqaba.

Bin Fahd attached special importance to the meeting in handling the devastating fallout on regional tourism from the Arab uprisings.

The conference titled: Toward Creative Administration of Tourism Investments underscored the importance of developing tourism products and infrastructure for attracting tourists to the Middle East from North America, Europe, South America and the Far East.

Marouf Al Bakheet, Jordan's prime minister, said: "We should develop and upgrade tourism products to attract visitors from all over the world to visit the Middle East through collective programmes and in cooperation with other countries in the region. We should consider the promotion of regional investments a strategic target for supporting the common Arab tourism product which will be instrumental in reactivating inter-Arab investments and tourism."

Attending the meeting were a number of Arab tourism ministers as well as representatives of global organisations.

Meanwhile, Prince Sultan Bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, who is also heading the Saudi delegation, held talks with Jordanian officials to bolster cooperation in tourism fields.