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Al-Mohairi: Tourism contributes by 8.9% to Mideast GDP

Mohamed Al-Muhairi, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Middle East (CME), said tourism contributes by about 8.6% to the total gross domestic product in the Middle East.

During the 44th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Conference in Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh, he said the tourism sector created bout 5.5 million jobs in the Middle East.

He added that tourism represents 10% of the total Gross World Product and absorbs about 11% of the world workforce.

He underlined the importance of giving momentum to tourism in the Middle East  as this would buttress regional countries' march for realizing sustainable development.

He called for adopting a unified strategy for developing the tourism sector, calling on the UNWTO  to continue supporting the Middle East, especially through launching more initiatives and projects that would promote the tourism sector.

He said the Middle East region has distinguished tourism potentials that qualify it to be one of the best world tourism destinations.

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