(Annews24) The United Nations World Tourism Organisation recently ranked Qatar the eighth most open country in the world and the most open country in the Middle East because of various initiatives Qatar has involved in.
Qatar has bid to build more industry ties, NTC and partner delegates from Qatar also attended match-making sessions with relevant industry representatives from across the world.
“Under our new identity as NTC we continue to work with our partners from public and private sectors to develop the business events sector as part of our strategy to develop the tourism sector,” NTC official Ahmed al-Obaidli said.
“IBTM World Barcelona is an important platform for us to continue delivering on our plans to enhance the end-to-end Qatar visitor experience,” he added.
Qatar has also taken steps to ease process of tourists entering the country by refining electronic visa systems, improving immigration processes at ports of entry and introducing visa-free entry to citizens and nationals of more than 80 countries.
These measures have also enabled Qatar to win the bid to host major international events such as the Les Clefs d’Or Congress in 2021, All Together Better Health 2020 International Conference, and the 2020 Regional Conference for International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, among others.
Qatar is investing heavily in becoming a hub for sport (FIFA 2022), research, healthcare and clean energy.
Qatar is developing the country to have eye-opening experiences for their people as well those that will stay during the FIFA 2022 and for conference attendees of any background, both inside and beyond the walls of its venues. Qatar also boasts landmarks such as the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara – the Cultural Village, the vibrant marketplace Souq Waqif and the recently launched Al Enna Project, which aims to enhance the overall desert and camping experience at Sealine Beach.
measures the mobility of citizens based on their ability to travel seamlessly to other countries. While Qatar currently ranks 106th in the world in terms of mobility, 20 of the countries benefiting from the Qatari visa waiver are already reciprocating, enhancing the mobility of Qatar’s citizens.
Facilitating seamless travel is crucial to the continued promotion of tourism as a development vehicle and potential pillar of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Qatar’s travel facilitation improvements coincide with progress made in visa facilitation worldwide. For example, Belarus recently made visa-free travel available for 30 days to citizens of 74 countries travelling through Minsk airport. UNWTO’s global visa openness index score has increased from 31 in 2014 to 37 in 2018.