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Saudi Arabia Sets Up The Voyagers Association To Boost Tourism

As part of its focus on boosting internal travel and tourism, Saudi Arabia announced this week the launch of the Voyagers Association in Riyadh. Described as an independent group that is specialized in travel, tourism, and hitchhiking within the Kingdom, this association has been set up in line with the tourism-related goals laid out in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and aims to facilitate travel to all regions across the country.

The Voyagers Association held a press conference earlier this week to announce its formation and to officially launch seven memberships: worker membership; associate; voyager; consultant voyager; GCC voyager; emeritus membership; and honorary membership. As part of its future objectives, the association is also aiming to establish several strategic partnerships with relevant organizations from the public and private sectors.  

For now, the newly formed association has qualified experts as part of its membership to advise on many aspects of travel. The association aims to provide services and logistical support to travelers and even offer training to Saudi travelers so that they can be “the best ambassadors for the ‘Kingdom of Humanity.’” The group also aims to unify efforts in the country’s tourism sector, promote the country’s various attractions, and help establish new standards for the industry to follow.  

Speaking on the occasion, the chairman of the Voyagers Association, Ibrahim Al-Mutairi, explained that the group’s official inauguration marks a turning point for Saudi Arabian travelers, saying, “Among the goals of the association is to work on organizing the current work of travelers and those interested in the field —which in most cases is nothing more than individual diligence — and to change it into an institutional and more firmly controlled work, in a way that achieves the common goals of individuals and society.”  

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