Published on : Friday, September 15, 2017
Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Taleb Rifai has applauded the new measures taken by Qatar to develop a sustainable tourism sector capable of attracting visitors from around the world.
During the meeting of the UNWTO Secretary-General and the Chief Tourism Development Officer at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) Hassan Al Ibrahim at UNWTO’s 22nd Session of the General Assembly held in China Rifai praised the recent measures.
During the meeting, QTA officials briefed Rifai on the latest developments in Qatar’s tourism sector, as well as on the progress of the preparations to host the official celebrations of World Tourism Day (WTD) in Doha on 27 September.
Congratulating QTA on receiving Approved Destination Status (ADS) from the China National Tourism Administration, he commented, “I would like to congratulate Qatar on achieving Approved Destination Status and opening representative offices in China. This significant milestone will surely pave the way for building new tourism developments between China and Qatar. The announcement comes at a time when Qatar has taken commendable steps towards developing a sustainable tourism sector that is capable of attracting visitors from all over the world.”
He also added, “I have full confidence that the Next Chapter of the Qatar National Tourism Strategy 2030 will continue to build on the solid foundations that have been laid since the Strategy was first launched in 2014.”
Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at QTA said “On behalf of Qatar’s government, I would like to extend my thanks to Rifai for the support he has shown Qatar during his tenure as Secretary-General. Our fruitful relationship with the UNWTO spans a multitude of significant areas as we continue to develop Qatar’s tourism sector.”