Sudan World Tourism Expo on high note
by :Samar Yahya
The Sudan World Tourism Expo which was organized by Arab Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and wildlife under the patronage of the President of Sudan Marshal Omer Al-Bashir wrapped up on high note.
The President of Arab Tourism Organization Dr. Bandar bin Fahd Al Fahid said “the Expo included a distinct carnival focusing on wildlife, as one of the top tourism potentials in Sudan as well as folklore show and horse racing.”
“Sudan was classified among the top ten countries with viable tourism based on nature, wilderness and history,” he said.
In 2011 the number of tourists reached 671,000 tourists with spending up to $780 million. In 2012 the number of tourists coming to Sudan went up to a million tourists and their spending went up to more than $1billion – for either hunting tourism, historical tourism, or to visit relatives or for business and conferences.
On the other hand, Arab tourism witnessed a remarkable development, and reached 45 percent, despite the current circumstances experienced by the region.
By the end of 2013, over a billion tourists are expected in tour the world and the Arab region is preparing to attract a large number, industry reports said.
Al Fahid also said the Arab region share of global tourism is 5 percent which is a very small number.
“The tourism sector is one of the largest sectors that provide jobs. By the end of 2013, the world will need more than 450 million employees, either directly or indirectly.
The tourism sector’s global GDP is forecast to reach $9 trillion. Tourism is bound by all industries directly or indirectly and it is capable to reduce poverty and unemployment through the development of local communities and the establishment of sustainable tourism.”