Doha 23rd October 2013: The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is set to launch a comprehensive tourism strategy before 2013 December, according to Issa bin Mohammed al Mohannadi, Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
‘Qatar Tourism Sector Strategy 2030’ aims at attracting more foreign visitors to Qatar.
Tourism sector will create 130,000 job opportunities in the local market by 2030, which will constitute to 5.3 percent of total employment in the country, said Mohannadi. According to him the strategy was developed in line with the objectives and guiding principles of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the country’s National Development Strategy 2011-2016.
Mohannadi said that QTA has been working on developing the strategy since last year and collaborating with other entities and stakeholders across the board to develop a national tourism strategy that would streamline and bring together all tourism efforts in a cohesive manner according to a longterm plan and manner.
Tourism sector in Qatar have contributed at least 9.1% to global gross domestic product in 2011. At least 8.7% of the total employment also came from this sector in the same year and this translated to 255mn jobs.
Mohannadi pointed out that QTA had recorded a 16 to 17% increase in tourist arrivals from GCC countries and 7% from other parts of the world during the Eid al-Adha holidays compared to 2012.
“There are about 83mn Chinese travelling the world but that doesn’t mean that China is failing in their (domestic) tourism programmes,” said Mohannadi.