© Reuters. Maroto seeks investment and trade opportunities, and attract Saudi tourism
Riyadh, Oct 27 (.) .- The Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, met today in Riyadh with her counterparts from Tourism and Trade as part of her visit to Saudi Arabia to seek business and exchange opportunities , on the one hand, and attract investment and tourism from the Arab country to Spain.
“Spain and Saudi Arabia share the need to transform the tourism sector to make it more resilient, digital and sustainable,” said Maroto at the end of his meeting with the Saudi Minister of Tourism, Ahmed al Jatib.
He added that Spain and Saudi Arabia are “partners called to collaborate in a relationship of mutual trust” and that the meeting with his counterpart has been “a sign of the good relations between the two countries that have shared visions about the future of the sector. tourism and its international reactivation “after the Covid-19 crisis.
Shortly before, the minister met with Saudi tour operators, to whom she presented “the good epidemic situation in Spain, ready to receive tourists and the wide range of tourism products available to” the country.
These in turn have been “very interested in the family product and request to improve connectivity” with Spain, since there is currently not a large offer of direct flights between Saudi Arabia and Spanish destinations.
Subsequently, Maroto and the Minister of Commerce, Mayid al Qasabi, spoke about ways to “deepen good trade relations between the two countries and bilateral collaboration.”
Spain wishes to participate in the Saudi development plan called Vision 2030, which seeks to diversify the economy strongly based on it, and that Saudi Arabia is present with its companies in the Spain Can plan.
Next, Maroto met with the Governor of Saudi Arabia’s PIF (Public Investment Fund), Yasir Othman al Rumayyan, to discuss possible investments and opportunities for Spanish companies.
The minister arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday and held a first meeting with Spanish companies that “have successfully carried out large projects in the field of infrastructure, water sanitation, aeronautics or renewable energy.”
In addition, this afternoon he is scheduled to participate in a panel focused on tourism at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) forum, known as the “Davos of the desert”.
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