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Chairperson of Qatar Tourism (QT) Saad bin Ali bin Saad Al Kharji has announced that Qatar Tourism intends to develop its strategy and regulations to enable the private sector to increase growth in the tourism sector and attract tourists.

Speaking at the “From the Gulf to the World: The Future of Tourism”, session at Qatar Economic Forum 2024, Al Kharji saidQatar is currently building on the successes of hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to develop the tourism sector. He noted that the Qatar World Cup played a significant role in telling about the region, its heritage, cultures, and tourist attractions, especially after Qatar hosted this global event.

He pointed out that the World Cup played a role in providing a comprehensive view of tourism in the region, especially in the fields of culture, art, museums, and others, adding that tourism is important for the economies of the region. Qatar, and other GCC countries are now emerging as tourist destinations, and this is the right time for the region, he added.

Al Kharji affirmed that the tourism sector in the GCC countries is growing rapidly and witnessing an increase in demand, especially given the strong connection between the tourism sector and airlines in the region, which has contributed more to tourist flows.

He pointed out that QT is working to further enhance the large capabilities of the tourism sector in the country through increased local spending, training, and legislations to increase employment, in addition to ensuring a high level of service at all levels to highlight the authentic and unique Gulf hospitality. He also mentioned the joint cooperation between the GCC countries regarding the unified Gulf tourist visa, saying: “By the end of this year, we may see the unified GCC Visa, which will contribute to increasing the number of visitors to the region.”

In the same context, he highlighted the joint cooperation with Saudi Arabia to launch a new promotional campaign titled “Double the Discovery”, aimed at promoting the most prominent attractions and tourist destinations in both countries.

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