Historic AlUla Outdated City was amongst villages included by UNWTO on its 2022 listing of Greatest Tourism Villages
AlUla, the traditional crossroads of civilizations in north-west Arabia that’s now rising as a worldwide vacation spot for cultural and pure heritage, would be the website of the first-ever in-person assembly of representatives of the Greatest Tourism Villages by UNWTO.
The villages, together with AlUla Outdated City District had been acknowledged in December as a part of UNWTO’s Greatest Tourism Villages (BTV) initiative, “acknowledges villages which can be an impressive instance of a rural tourism vacation spot with accredited cultural and pure belongings, that protect and promote rural and community-based values, merchandise, and life-style and have a transparent dedication to innovation and sustainability in all its facets – financial, social, and environmental.”
UNWTO have organized the primary iteration of the Greatest Tourism Villages Award Ceremony and assembly of the BTV Community in AlUla on March 12-13. The occasion will probably be a discussion board for knowledge-sharing on matters resembling greatest practices, group empowerment, and public-private partnerships. It can additionally evaluate this system’s 2022 actions and 2023 work plan.
Delegates originating from Switzerland to Vietnam will collect at AlUla’s Maraya multi-purpose venue, which holds the Guinness document because the world’s largest mirror-clad constructing, with mirrors masking its 9,740 sqm floor. The UNWTO Secretary-Normal, Zurab Pololikashvili, is anticipated to attend.
The BTV program aligns with Saudi Arabia‘s Imaginative and prescient 2030, which goals to triple tourism’s share of the nationwide economic system to 10%. In 2019 Saudi Arabia launched eVisas for residents of 49 international locations, and this February the Kingdom launched a 96-hour stopover visa.
For the Royal Fee for AlUla (RCU) the gathering affirms AlUla’s legacy as a cultural crossroads. A spot of collaboration and cultural change for a millennia, there’s a pure synergy between the vacation spot and the UNWTO’s BTV program.
The inclusion of AlUla on the 2022 listing is an accolade in assist of RCU’s cautious regeneration, cultural rejuvenation, and curated redevelopment of heritage locations. RCU is honored not solely by AlUla’s inclusion as a BTV however by its choice as host of this inaugural BTV international gathering.
HE Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, mentioned: “The Ministry is proud to companion with UNWTO to host the Greatest Tourism Villages 2022 Awards Ceremony and collectively convene the primary assembly of the BTV Community within the historic vacation spot of AlUla, one of many villages throughout the globe acknowledged for its modern strategy to remodeling the tourism sector.”
Mr. Pololikashvili, Secretary-Normal, UNWTO, mentioned: “For rural communities in all places, tourism generally is a true gamechanger in offering jobs, supporting native companies and retaining traditions alive. The Greatest Tourism Villages by UNWTO showcase the ability of the sector to drive financial diversification and create alternatives for all outdoors of massive cities.”
Eng. Amr AlMadani, CEO of RCU, mentioned: “This gathering of the world’s greatest tourism villages serves a number of functions for RCU: it permits us to share insights with locations that share our dedication to sustainable regeneration, it showcases Maraya as a number one venue for conferences. It additionally gives our visitors with the chance to go to AlUla, together with the exceptional website of Hegra, which in 2008 was inscribed as Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Website.”