Qatar tourism law to boost regional arrivals

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The Qatar government is poised to strengthen its tourism laws in a bid to boost infrastructure leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to media reports.

A new law is to be enacted, according to Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) Director of Tourism, Abdullah Mallala Al Badr, who was speaking on the sidelines of a Qatari roadshow in the UAE, to promote the country as a tourism destination.

“The law will give us [QTA] more powers to hold events and give permission to build new hotels,” he was quoted as saying.

QTA has targeted 20 per cent growth for tourism in Qatar over the next five years. The body has been busy in the past few months taking its tourism roadshow to various parts of the GCC, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

QTA is promoting Qatar as the go-to destination for meetings, sports, culture, leisure and education. Domestic and foreign investors are invited to take part in the projects with the Qatar Development Bank set to finance all tourism-related developments.

In 2011, Qatar received 845,000 visitors from the GCC and already the first quarter of 2012 has seen a 22 per cent increase over the same period last year.

Al Badr added: “Qatar has everything a high-end traveller needs — stunning hotels, cultural icons and many leisure activities. Plans are being put in place to build world-class stadiums for the 2022 Football World Cup.

“Qatar is preparing for a robust economic future, and tourism will play a key role in creating a diverse and sustainable economy. This rapid development in Qatar’s tourism industry and infrastructure will only solidify Qatar’s position as an upcoming business destination in the Middle East.”

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The Qatar government is poised to strengthen its tourism laws in a bid to boost infrastructure leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to media reports.

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The Qatar government is poised to strengthen its tourism laws in a bid to boost infrastructure leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to media reports.

A new law is to be enacted, according to Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) Director of Tourism, Abdullah Mallala Al Badr, who was speaking on the sidelines of a Qatari roadshow in the UAE, to promote the country as a tourism destination.

“The law will give us [QTA] more powers to hold events and give permission to build new hotels,” he was quoted as saying.

QTA has targeted 20 per cent growth for tourism in Qatar over the next five years. The body has been busy in the past few months taking its tourism roadshow to various parts of the GCC, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

QTA is promoting Qatar as the go-to destination for meetings, sports, culture, leisure and education. Domestic and foreign investors are invited to take part in the projects with the Qatar Development Bank set to finance all tourism-related developments.

In 2011, Qatar received 845,000 visitors from the GCC and already the first quarter of 2012 has seen a 22 per cent increase over the same period last year.

Al Badr added: “Qatar has everything a high-end traveller needs — stunning hotels, cultural icons and many leisure activities. Plans are being put in place to build world-class stadiums for the 2022 Football World Cup.

“Qatar is preparing for a robust economic future, and tourism will play a key role in creating a diverse and sustainable economy. This rapid development in Qatar’s tourism industry and infrastructure will only solidify Qatar’s position as an upcoming business destination in the Middle East.”

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