Delhi, Oct 15: The Arab
Tourism Organisation (ATO) has reportedly claimed recently that Arabs are
responsible for around 30% of the value of all medical tourism across the world
The ATO is a
part of The Arab Ministerial Council on Tourism (AMCT) which is responsible for
promoting responsible, sustainable and Arabian accessible tourism.
ATO aims to
promote tourism as a main source of economic growth, inclusive development and
environmental sustainability in Arab countries, and offers leadership and
support to the sector. It also provides technical assistance projects in over
22 Arab countries.
partnered with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to enhance
corporate cooperation, and develop partnerships between the public and private
sectors in projects that contribute to the sustainable development of the
tourism sector in Arab countries.
claims that US$100 billion was spent on medical tourism worldwide per annum
while it is expected to reach more than US$200 billion over the next 10 years.
ATO cites examples
of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia that have
long-term plans to lay the foundations for medical and recovery tourism.
Meanwhile the ATO recently signed a co-operation agreement with
King Salman International University (KSIU) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, mainly
aimed at the development of the tourism sector and upgrading the skills of the
Arab youth in this field.
The agreement was signed by ATO President Dr Bandar bin Fahd Al Faheed
and KSIU's President Dr. Ashraf Saad Hussein in the presence of a number of
officials from both sides, reported SPA.
The agreement stipulated that ATO shall accredit the KSIU's faculty of Tourism and Hospitality as a regional hub for training Arab youth, in addition to approving programs and courses in the tourism field and managing reservations and sales for travel and tourism agencies, it added.