Monday, Nov 19, 2012
Manama: A single Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) entry visa will help boost the number of tourists in the region and will reinvigorate tourism as a sector, a study submitted to GCC officials has found.
“A study has been submitted to the Gulf Cooperation Council on adopting a single tourism visa,” Abdul Raheem Hassan Naqi, the secretary general of the of the GCC chambers unions, said. “The move will reinvigorate the tourism sector amid expectations that the GCC countries will invest around $380 billion [Dh1.395 billion] in tourism projects by 2018,” he said in remarks published by Saudi daily Al Eqtisadiya on Sunday.
“The GCC have the capabilities to implement the visa recommendations and the fact that $380 billion will be invested in tourism and related sectors should be an outstanding stimulus for other ministries and government agencies,” he said. “We understand the specificities of some countries, but we look at the overall benefits of Gulf tourism and its economic contributions to each of the member states. Tourism does remain a significant factor for local economies and employment and all efforts should be channelled into doing away with complications and attracting visitors.”
By Habib Toumi Bureau Chief
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