Barbados signs agreements with Saudi Arabia

By Rumi Samuel Published on November 30, 2022
Barbados signs agreements with Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Hon. Ian Gooding-Edghill signed a Tourism Memorandum of Understanding and an Air Service Agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism, H.E. AhmedA-Khateeb, and Minister of Transport and Logistic Services, H.E. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, respectively.

Fostering New Partnerships

The signing commenced on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at the World Travel and Tourism Global Summit,  held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Hon Ian Gooding-Edghill, stated, “The agreement we signed today will go a long way in furthering our ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It will also explore opportunities for mutual cooperation between both countries regarding tourism.”

The minister further stated that there are also other benefits that we will derive from this Memorandum of Understanding as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seeks to develop and expand its tourism sector and as Barbados aims to expand its reach.

Expanding Barbados’ Tourism Sector

The Memorandum of Understanding, signed with the Minister of Tourism, H.E. Ahmed Al Khateeb, will promote friendly relations and united efforts to achieve sustainable tourism development in both countries. Through this partnership, both countries will benefit from each’s rich local traditions and social values.

Moreover, Barbados’ Minister signed an Air Services Agreement with the Minister of Transport and Logistic Services, H.E. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser to develop an international aviation system.

This agreement will facilitate the expansion of international air service opportunities, allowing airlines to offer travel and shipping services between the two countries.

The signing of these agreements at this influential Travel and Tourism event will further drive business for Barbados’ tourism product in the Middle Eastern market.

Tourism Investment in Barbados and the Caribbean

Barbados will also be part of a particular Caribbean event held on Thursday, December 1st. The event will further present the opportunity to promote Barbados’ tourism product and identify investment opportunities with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Arabian Gulf and the Middle East.

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers a unique Caribbean experience steeped in rich history and colourful culture and rooted in remarkable landscapes.

Barbados is the home of two of the three remaining Jacobean Mansions left in the Western hemisphere, as well as fully functional rum distilleries. This island is the birthplace of rum, commercially producing and bottling the spirit since the 1700s. Each year, Barbados hosts several world-class events, including the annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival; the yearly Barbados Reggae Festival; and the annual Crop Over Festival, where celebrities such as Lewis Hamilton and its very own Rihanna are often spotted.

Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed-and-breakfast gems, prestigious international chains, and award-winning five-diamond resorts. In 2018, Barbados’ accommodation sector captured 13 awards in the Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, All-Inclusive, Small, Best Service, Bargain, and Romance categories of the ‘Traveler’s Choice Awards. And getting to paradise is a breeze: the Grantley Adams International Airport offers plenty of non-stop and direct services from a growing number of U.S., U.K., Canadian, Caribbean, European, and Latin American gateways, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.

Visit Barbados and experience why for two years in a row, it won the prestigious Star Winter Sun Destination Award at the ‘Travel Bulletin Star Awards’ in 2017 and 2018. 

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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