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Published on : Monday, June 12, 2017
The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is finalizing a five-year tourism strategy, planned to be launched in September during the World Tourism Day celebrations in Doha. This international event is to be hosted with the UNWTO by QTA.
QTA’s chief tourism development officer Hassan al-Ibrahim said “We are looking forward to finalizing and implementing it (Next Chapter of the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030) in the next five years.” He added, “QTA is set to hold a series of workshops in the coming weeks on how it can open up to new markets and sustain the current ones.”
The QTA official said that more than 40,000 people visited Qatar using the free transit visa, which allows transit passengers up to 96 hours stay. The number of transit passengers who visited Qatar increased by 40% in May as compared to the same period last year.
QTA also saw an increase in bookings with its ‘+Qatar’ initiative. It includes a free night’s stay in a five or four-star hotel in Doha alongside a free 96-hour transit visa.
al-Ibrahim said, “We haven’t seen any cancellations and any changes, and the number (of bookings) is growing day after day.” QTA also recorded a growth of the cruise industry with Qatar receiving 45,000 – 46,000 passengers from various cruise ships during the 2016-2017 season.
“We are focusing on business development, family entertainment, authentic experiences, sports and we are focusing on so much of diversifying,” al-Ibrahim added.
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