In a momentous development for the tourism industry, Saudi Arabia has received the prestigious Approved Destination Status (ADS) from the People’s Republic of China. This milestone is poised to strengthen bilateral relations and enhance collaboration in the tourism sector between the two nations.
Saudi Arabia Receives Approved Destination Status From China
The official announcement of ADS status came to fruition through a signing ceremony held in Beijing. Dignitaries in attendance included Abdulrahman Ahmad Al-Harbi, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to China, Fahd Hamidaddin, Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Tourism Authority, and Du Jiang, Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China.
This bilateral agreement permits Chinese citizens to embark on group tours to Saudi Arabia, streamlining access to the Kingdom. It signifies a momentous achievement for Saudi Arabia, fostering greater connectivity between the Kingdom and China while unlocking fresh possibilities within the tourism ecosystem.
Impact On Tourism It’s Shared Vision & Mutual Interests
The attainment of ADS status will significantly enhance inbound travel from China. It paves the way for Saudi Arabia to work towards its goal of attracting 3 million Chinese tourists by 2030. This achievement is the culmination of sustained bilateral efforts. It includes the success of the Arab-China Business Conference and the Saudi-China Roadshow earlier in the year.
Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Minister, Ahmed Al-Khateeb, underscored the significance of this development. He characterised it as a testament to enduring and historic bilateral relations founded on shared vision and common interests. He emphasized that China has designed its extensive connectivity vision to foster economic prosperity. It will secure a brighter future for future generations.
Du Jiang, Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, expressed his delight in signing the ADS agreement with Saudi Arabia. He highlighted the deep appreciation both nations hold for each other’s rich and diverse cultures, reaffirming their commitment to nurturing mutual understanding and respect.
China’s granting of ADS status to Saudi Arabia represents a momentous stride in solidifying the bilateral relationship between the two countries. It also augments collaboration within the tourism sector, promising a wealth of new opportunities for both nations.
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