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Thriving tourism industry key to increased revenue - Acting Info Minister
March 27, 2017, 5:49 pm
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A robust tourism sector is needed to boost the country's national income, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said on Monday.

In a speech to open the inaugural forum on tourism and youth, the Acting Minister of Information said that the meeting will tackle issues germane to the tourism industry and youth contributions to sustained development. Moreover, he spoke of ample employment opportunities the tourism sector has to offer, saying that the sector accounts for more than 12 percent of global employment.

On local efforts to prop up a sector that has become increasingly significant, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Mubarak noted that a sum of around USD one billion has been allocated to fund tourism enterprises.

Meanwhile, he pointed out that the tourism industry has seen a resurgence in the Middle East and North African region after years of stagnation triggered by rampant conflict.

With the meteoric growth of information technology, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Mubarak drew a correlation between a solid youth support base and increased economic development. A bevy of tourism specialists have assembled for a forum that is the first of its kind in the country.

Source: KUNA

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