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Kuwait announces tourism push in bid to diversify its economy

Senior official says Gulf state will set up a Supreme Commission for Tourism

Kuwait announces tourism push in bid to diversify its economy

Kuwait is planning to set up a Supreme Commission for Tourism as the country looks to new sectors in a bid to diversify its economy away from oil.

A senior official told an industry conference in Kuwait City yesterday that the industry could also help to provide more jobs for young people, according to the Kuwait Times.

“This strategy includes participation from the private sectors, and aimes to promote and develop new sources of national income other than the traditional methods that are based on oil,” Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al Salem Al Humoud Al Sabah said.

The minister said that the government had already started implementing a number of projects in the country.

Kuwait’s tourism sector currently depends heavily on visitors from neighbouring Saudi Arabia, who travel to the country for short breaks and spend money in restaurants and malls.

According to the most recently available data from the World Bank, Kuwait had 300,000 tourists visit the country in 2012.

There is currently no ministry dedicated to tourism in the country; the sector is handled by the Information Ministry.