“The UAE is currently the only country within the region that is not a member of UNWTO. The government has been talking to us about becoming a full member following the establishment of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities,” he said.
“We have almost concluded an agreement, and I have received news that the cabinet has held discussions, and it is – in principal – approved. We are awaiting official notification and would be delighted to welcome the UAE as a member,” he added.
Commenting on this year’s Arabian Travel Market, Rifai remarked: “ATM has grown to be a very important and significant gathering that continues to gain strength. It is an important destination for inbound tourism, while also is a tremendous valuable source market for outbound travellers from the region, who are sought after by many international destinations.”