Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities President Prince Sultan bin Salman recently addressed the leaders of the tourism program at Harvard University wherein he exuded hope that Saudi students studying there will soon join the work force back home and help in its revival.
Harvard University named Prince Sultan as the chief representative of the Arabian region and the Middle East on the founders’ board of tourism leaders program at Harvard. In a speech delivered on the occasion via video, the SCTA president mentioned the leading scientific position of the world famous university, an SCTA official said Thursday.
In his address to the audience, which included many Saudi students pursuing higher studies in various disciplines under the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program (KAFSP), Prince Sultan said: “We are looking forward to these graduates joining the work force in their homeland in the near future in different sectors and participate in the Kingdom’s revival.”
Thanking the organizing committee of the program for selecting him in establishing such an important program and hoping that it achieves its planned goals, the SCTA chief stressed the importance of tourism, which began in Saudi Arabia almost 15 years ago. He said that the tourism sector in the Kingdom has been receiving unlimited state support for advancement and referred to the King Abdullah Project for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.
He pointed out that the SCTA is seeking cooperation and partnership with universities and educational centers in the Kingdom and abroad to take advantage of their expertise and programs in the development of tourism and national heritage.
He maintained that the SCTA relies heavily on its partners in both the government and private sectors. “This includes improving infrastructure, economy of local communities, development of heritage sites and villages, urban heritage, Saudization and organizing and supporting festivals and tourism events,” he underlined. He also stressed the importance of medical tourism in the Kingdom saying that Saudi Arabia has many health institutions that have proved highly efficient.
“It is a reflection of the importance attached by the government to the health sector in the Kingdom,” he observed.
“Many Saudi physicians and doctors have proven their skill in performing various difficult surgeries including separation of Siamese twins, which takes the Kingdom to the ranks of developed nations,” the prince added.