Doha will host a meeting between the Undersecretaries of Tourism Ministries and Authorities in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) on Wednesday 13 May 2015.

The representatives will gather in preparation for a meeting between Tourism Ministers and Tourism Authority Chairpersons expected to take place in October 2015. Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) Chairman, HE Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, will open the meeting and the Director of International Co-operation at QTA, Saif Al Kuwari, will chair it. Al Kuwari said:

The high level of representation at today’s meeting is a clear indication of GCC member states’ desire to move forward and activate partnerships for the benefit of the tourism sector in our countries, and in the Gulf as a whole. Qatar believes that collaboration with our neighbors now is essential, in order to capitalise on the upcoming mega events that the region will host, such as Expo Dubai 2020 and the FIFA World Cup 2022.’

Delegates will explore ways to increase intra-GCC tourism and activate partnerships with the private sector, as well as ways to remove obstacles that hinder the development of the tourism sector by working more closely with other ministries such as those of Culture and Economy.

The meeting will also discuss the possibility of holding a ‘GCC Destinations Forum’ to promote Gulf tourist attractions, as well as a Gulf Handicrafts Exhibition.

The GCC Architectural Heritage Charter is also on the meeting’s agenda, with a plan for the GCC General Secretariat to present its report on the efforts of member states to preserve architectural heritage in their nations.

This meeting comes after the Inaugural Meeting of GCC Tourism Ministers, which was held for the first time in Kuwait last October and resulted in a report on inter-state collaboration, which the Undersecretaries will review and discuss this week.

As the Qatari government’s tourism planning and promotion arm, QTA works in partnership with stakeholders to plan, regulate and promote the development of a sustainable and mature tourism sector that contributes to Qatar’s future and positions the country as a leading tourism destination. Chaired by HE Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, QTA works on showcasing all that Qatar has to offer, reinforcing the country’s position on the world tourism map as a premium destination for authentic experiences, business facilitation, and family-focused recreation.