Arab News, Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 | Sha'ban 24, 1444
Tourism Development Fund signs deal with Al Nahla Group to develop destinations in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia: Tourism in Jeddah,
Taif, and Madinah is set to receive a boost after an agreement was struck
between the sector’s development fund and Saudi firm Al Nahla Group to create
The two parties have signed a memorandum of
understanding focused on several projects, including the Golden Triangle in
Jeddah and a project in Madinah, alongside the creation of workshops to boost
development in the sector.
The deal is aimed at helping to achieve the goals
of Saudi Arabia’s National Tourism Strategy, which includes raising the
contribution of the sector to the gross domestic product by more than 10
percent, providing one million additional job opportunities, and attracting 100
million annual visits by 2030.
“The signing of the memorandum of understanding
with Al-Nahla Group embodies the fund’s keenness to encourage and enable the
private sector to conduct its investment experiences in the targeted tourist
destinations, by motivating it and creating qualitative investment opportunities
for it to support the future of the tourism industry in the Kingdom,” Qusai
Al-Fakhri, CEO of the Tourism Development Fund, said.
He added that the fund aims to enhance
competitiveness in the tourism sector to achieve sustainability and growth.
The signing took place at the Saudi Tourism Forum
held in Riyadh by the head of the business at the Tourism Development Fund,
Hadan Al-Qadi, and the CEO of Al Nahla Group, Sultan Al-Turki.
“We at Al-Nahla Group are pleased to have signed
the memorandum of understanding with the Tourism Development Fund, which comes
in line with our future strategy in terms of our endeavor to invest and expand
in the Kingdom and develop qualitative tourism projects,” Al-Turki said.
Al-Turki added that the company aims to contribute
to supporting the development of the Kingdom and enhancing the quality of hotels
in line with Vision 2030.
The Saudi Tourism Forum is held at the Riyadh
International Convention and Exhibition Center from March 14 to 16 and brings
together 350 entities from the sector to discuss new
opportunities and expansion plans.
The forum also features technological and
environmental solutions that aim to transform the travel industry in the future.