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HRH The Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman Names Renowned Tourism Impresario Gerard "Jerry" Inzerillo to Lead Transformative Heritage Tourism Initiative


Inzerillo to Be First-Ever CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development
Authority, Encompassing Museums, Universities, Major "Edutainment"
Facilities as well as Resorts, Restaurants, Wellness Centers and Luxury

His Royal Highness Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown
Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Diriyah Gate
Development Authority (DGDA) has named Gerard "Jerry" Inzerillo CEO of
the Authority, which will spearhead a transformative initiative to
restore the historic birthplace of the Saudi state.

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Gerard "Jerry" Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA)(Photo: Business Wire)

Gerard "Jerry" Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA)(Photo: Business Wire)

Inzerillo, a highly accomplished tourism visionary, was selected to
oversee the restoration of Diriyah and to develop a number of major new
historical and tourism assets including museums, academic institutions
and "edutainment" facilities, as well as resorts, restaurants, wellness
facilities and high-end retail in a 7.1 million square meter development
on the west side of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's booming capital city. The
initiative is a key deliverable in the Crown Prince's 2030 Vision to
modernize the Saudi state, engage Saudi citizens, and welcome guests
from all over the world.

"I am deeply honored to have the privilege to contribute to His Royal
Highness' Dynamic vision for the nation," said Inzerillo. "This is truly
an inspired time in this extraordinary country. I am particularly
grateful to lead a world-class team in the development of this historic
site, which will give the world its truest window into the soul and
spirit of this land, its welcoming people and their rich history.
Diriyah will be one of the great gatherings places in the world."

Diriyah, a UNESCO registered site, holds a historical depth of more than
590 years. As the birthplace of the first, second, and current Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia, it is the root of the Saudi nation.

Much of the original site, built in adobe brick in the traditional
architecture of the greater Najd region, will be authentically restored
with new tourism attractions and facilities.

The At-Turaif District in Diriyah has been designated by UNESCO as a
"World Heritage Site." His Royal Highness envisions Diriyah as a place
where the past will be celebrated and the future awakened and where all
who enter its gates will be inspired, engaged and entertained.

The DGDA Board of Directors is honored to have attracted such a
creative, inspirational leader in Jerry Inzerillo to bring His Royal
Highness' vision into reality. Previously, Inzerillo was CEO of Forbes
Travel Guide, the global standard for the verification of service
excellence in hospitality. FTG, which operates in more than 100
countries, also awards annually the prestigious Five Star Award,
considered the "Olympic Gold Medal of Hospitality".

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