Socotra was known before announcing it as a governorate by a presidential decree issued on
Talking to Saba, the heads of tourist agencies noted that the increasing demands of visiting Socotra in the world tourism market is because of the security stability, the biological variety and tourist different tourist attractions making Socotra one of the most tourist destinations in the world. Furthermore, the governorate has been included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008. The heads of tourist agencies praised the
They noted that there are still some sort of challenges facing tourism in the governorate like security, limited direct flights to Soqatra and the humble hotel services.
The Chairman of the
"We have focused our attention on propagating for the Island via brochures, guides and tourist programs," said
Abu Taleb made it clear that the security challenge in the country is one of the biggest challenges in the country as they impede tourists not to leave Sana'a
Abu Taleb added that there are direct flights coming from outside
He expressed his group's intention to invest in hospitality field. "We are leading investors in this field and we have the idea of investing in the island since early 1990s but the security situation makes us rethink (of implementation)."
For his part, the Director of Jammallah Tourist Company
Baze' confirmed that taking care of the Soqatra Archipelago must contain improving infrastructure, hotel services, aviation, restaurants, roads and sanitation, in addition to creating a center for diving.
Baze' indicated that his companies provides camel riding in the tourist environment protectorates in the Island, diving, climbing mountains, camping in the protectorates and watching rare flora and fauna.
Deputy Chairman of the Boards of the
Al-Nuzaili said human being in Socatra is humble in his nature and treats tourists gently and this makes him one of the most components that attract tourists to the Island, in addition to wildlife, plant biology and marine life which they do not pose any harm to others.
He added that the door is opened before those who want to work in different fields of tourism and this door must not be closed and that the work should go in accordance with rules and regulations that ensure the professionalism and morals of the work and keep the beautiful image of Socatra and its population. This image is considered a main component in the Island's assets.
He hoped that many problems like unplanned construction inside the Island be solved. What is needed is urban planning, having a system to protect hygiene in the Island as interface of important tourist attractions in
Socatra Archipelago or Socatra Governorate, which is located in the
The Island has been listed as one of the 10 rich islands in the world because of its biological variety for it includes 200 types of rare flora out of 600 in the world and many of these plants are used in traditional medicine.
It is expected that the announcement the Island as a governorate will qualify the island to be world tourist capital, especially after being classified by the
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