Visiting Saudi Tourism Minister impressed with Barbados – Economic Analysis

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Saudi Tourism Minister and Chairman of the Saudi Fund for Development, Ahmed Aqeel Al-Khateeb, has pledged to market Barbados as a home of choice for potential investors from his native country.

He gave the pledge [recently] during an exit meeting with Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, other government ministers and officials at Ilaro Court.

Mr. Al-Khateeb praised the island for its infrastructural development and the warmth and hospitality of Barbadians and promised to hold meetings upon his return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to initiate discussions on investment opportunities .

He was also impressed with some of the island’s heritage attractions and noted that more and more tourists were seeking experiences in heritage tourism, and suggested that Barbados continue to tell stories of its historical development to the world.

Ms. Mottley mentioned the Reclaiming Our Atlantic Destiny (ROAD) project as a major upcoming project that would enhance the island’s heritage offering.

The prime minister added that his government would pursue avenues to generate growth in the economy to “fill the gaps left by COVID-19”.

“I hope this visit will provide an opportunity to cement the relationship and work on a number of projects of mutual interest,” Ms Mottley said.

Mr. Al-Khateeb and his delegation left the island [on Monday]after arriving last Friday for a four-day visit.

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