Represented by the Ministry of Tourism, the Sultanate of Oman hosted on Thursday October 10, the fourth meeting of the GCC Ministers of Tourism, reports Al Wisal 96.5 FM. On the agenda was the selection of a proposed ‘Gulf Tourism Capital’ – a spotlighted locale in the GCC which will change yearly and be declared on an annual basis.
During the meeting, which was held in Muscat, the council of ministers and senior officials named the popular tourist destination Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE as the current ‘Gulf Tourism Capital’. According to a World Tourism and Travel Council report for 2019, tourism comprised 11.1 per cent of the UAE’s GDP in 2018 for a total of AED 164.7 billion.
The meeting also discussed the proposal of creating a program of initiatives that can promote the concepts of belonging and citizenship among nations, the proposal of organizing an annual exhibition of GCC crafts and handicrafts, and the establishment of a Gulf association for crafts and traditional industries.