UAE set to host Tourism Innovation and Transformation Forum in Dubai
"The UAE has been sharpening its focus on further enhancing its tourism sector which accounts for 8.7 per cent of the national GDP and is regarded as one of the most important pillars of the domestic economy after oil,” Sultan Bin Al Mansoori, UAE minister of economy, said. “Maximum effort is being exerted to develop this vital sector through a national tourism strategy which aims to harness innovation to improve the rich and varied touristic elements of the UAE. This complements UAE Vision 2021's objective of establishing foundations for innovation across all segments of the state and society to build a competitive knowledge-based economy."
Al Mansoori said the forum will be a pioneering event, held in cooperation with the United Nations World Tourism Organization, that focuses on using innovation and technology to grow sustainable tourism development.
“We shall also identify innovative and creative solutions for further enhancing the attractiveness of this sector and developing its services per the highest international standards in pursuit of enabling a qualitative tourism shift that ensures the visitors of the UAE an unforgettable experience,” Al Mansoori said.