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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday called for collaboration among like-minded leading tourism organizations around the world to create a new Tourism Innovation Index (TII).

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The Saudi call came during the 22nd World Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) being held in the kingdom.

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The index aims to enable a sustainable, proficient and innovative global tourism landscape, and the Saudi Arabia Tourism Authority (STA) is collaborating with a travel industry news site Skift to establish a framework for the potential index.

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In the future, the TII could provide thousands of national and international organizations with data that will help drive elevated sector services and inform policy reforms to drive and enable innovation at the country level.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian Tourism Minister Ahmed Al Khateeb said the summit witnessed the signing of 50 investment deals worth more than US$10 billion.

Turning to Saudi Arabia-China cooperation, he said the Chinese market is key for Saudi Arabia and tourism cooperation is crucial to building bridges between the two countries.

The WTTC Summit in Riyadh, running from November 28 to December 1, will host nearly 3,000 delegates from approximately 140 countries and regions to share knowledge, experience and best practices. ■

(Xinhua)

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