In recent years Qatar has seen a renewed focus on tourism. “In the past, a prosperous tourism sector was not a top priority. Most resources were being devoted to other areas like energy, health and education,” Hassan Abdulrahman Al Ibrahim, strategy development director at the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), told OBG. “Now that’s changed. As these other areas have matured, tourism has become more of a strategic priority.” Progress in the sector has been gaining momentum in recent years,…
Tourism & Culture
From The Report: Qatar 2014
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As a strategic priority for national development, the tourism sector is showing promise, and visitor numbers, particularly from the GCC, are on the rise. Business travellers are the mainstay of the sector, though Qatar’s growing status as a sports and shopping destination is also enhancing long-term potential, while a growing regional cruise market and a new port in Doha are raising interest and opportunities in expanding Qatar’s profile as a cruise destination. A new national museum is set to showcase the state’s vision of Qatar’s national identity, an aim that has underpinned cultivation of the country’s tourism and cultural sector.
This chapter contains interviews with Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority; Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla, CEO, Katara Hospitality; and Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara Cultural Village Foundation.