Under the Patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior
تحت رعاية معالي الشيخ خالد بن خليفة بن عبدالعزيز آل ثاني رئيس مجلس الوزراء وزير الداخلية
As the country hopes to abandon its dependence on oil and gas and increase the number of visitors to 7 million by 2030, Qatar is developing other parallel strategies, such as providing easier entry for citizens of other countries, which has made it the eighth most open country in the world in terms of visas, and first in the Middle East, according to the most recent update by the World Tourism Organization (WTO).
Travel & Tourism industry of Qatar directly impacts its economy, employment and exports, Qatar Travel Mart 2020 will further strengthen the competitiveness of tourism industry by bringing together the inbound and outbound tourism together by providing a market place for mutual relationship among tourism businesses at home and abroad to promote their tourism resources and cultures.
The hosting of the FIFA World Cup is part of a planned strategy of the Qatari government to support its travel & tourism industry. Hosting sports tournament of such magnitude will prove to be a big step towards the ultimate objective of becoming the “Sports Capital of Middle East”. Qatar is required to have 60,000 hotel rooms by 2022 as per FIFA guidelines. Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030, targets 5.6mn international tourist arrivals by 2023.
Cruise tourism is a crucial contributor to the growth and development of Qatar’s tourism industry as it will have an immediate impact on visitor arrivals and tourism spending. According to Data gathered by QTA, the majority of visitors on cruise ships this season were European, with the most substantial portion being German (44%), Italian and British visitors formed the second and third largest groups respectively (Qatar Tourism Authority, 2018).
International tourist visits in Qatar are expected to grow at a five-year of 5% to 2.9mn whereas the hotel supply is expected to grow at a five-year of 12.8% to 46,000 hotel rooms. The major developments include the construction of the National Museum of Qatar, large-scale public infrastructure projects such as Doha Metro. As well as Msheireb Doha, a project to add retail, housing, museums, and hotels to the area and development of Doha Port into both a full-time cruise terminal and tourist-friendly entertainment district.
To attract tourists, it has introduced new measures such as visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries. With a focus on promoting the destination to international visitors, the government identified 6 geographic zones across the country and tied each zone to tourism themes based on the area’s geographical characteristics and natural assets.