Developing Yemen’s tourism requires closer attention [Archives:2005/870/Local News]

August 22 2005

Ismail Al-Ghabiri
Paying attention to tourism never appears within an official system adopted by states and governorates until the second half of the 20th century, specifically since the end of the World War II. The need for entertaining people involved in the war emerged with the increase of income in Europe consequent to success of Marshal's project.

Based on this information, the human desire for tourism was manifested, and expanded with the aim to reach different places and countries having vital historical and geographical components and nice climates that attract people from around the world.

With the increase of international tourism movement and spending on tourism, governments showed more attention to tourism, considering it vital source of revenue. Different states started to concentrate on ancient sites and ruins of ancient civilizations that attract tourists, or what is in the form of social heritage including customs, traditions and religious rituals the population of a particular country depended on in their daily life and different occasions.

The increased volume of international tourism and its economic role, made governments worldwide more interested in tourist resources and tend to provide the essential services including accommodation, restaurants and means of transportation, in addition to means for guiding tourists and protecting them. Different governments are showing greater interest in industries and services associated with tourist activities, and then countries tend to compete with each other through merchandizing their sites of attraction and facilities offered to tourists and visitors.

Owing to rapid growth of tourist activity, numerous states started to move toward achieving similar developments in promoting and marketing their tourist products, services and facilities. Race for attracting tourists was manifested, particularly by the countries that receive tourists that started to set a tourist activity in the frame of its plans and programs. The main objective of this is to insert tourism-related activities in the system of goals and policies to contribute to causing a qualitative leap in the sector and raise its contribution to gross domestic product and economic and social development that influences and is influenced by tourism.

The importance of integrating the tourist sector in the national plan emerges in each country interested in tourism, considering it one of the vital revenues for their national economy.

Tourism is one of the new sectors, but demand for it is on the rise, and tourist resources are in need of immense effort and provision of tourism-related services. Upgrading the sector of tourism can be achieved through plans and programs of specific goals, policies and strategies controlled by the concerned governmental parties that exert extensive efforts in their general goals and policies, with the intention to provide a real development in different activities including tourism.

Since tourism is of great importance, this led to put emphasis on the significance of well planning of its development to cope with developments in the world. This will help increase tourism-related revenues in economic and social development to insure an increase in the tourist contribution to achieving national goals and stability.