The Qatar Chamber (QC) recently held a meeting with Qatar Tourism to address the most prominent challenges facing the tourism sector, as well as the viewpoints and proposals of businessmen for its development.

The meeting was led by HE Saad bin Ali bin Saad Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, in the presence of QC Chairman HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani. Also present at the meeting were QC First Vice-Chairman HE Mohamed bin Twar Al Kuwari, board member and Chairman of the Tourism Committee HE Sheikh Hamad bin Ahmed Al Thani, several board members, members of the Tourism Committee, and the Acting General Manager, as well as a number of Qatari businessmen,  and representatives from companies operating in the tourism sector.

HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim thanked the Qatar Tourism’s Chairman for meeting with businessmen and investors in the tourism sector, highlighting ongoing cooperation between the entities. He emphasised the Chamber’s commitment to addressing sector challenges and enhancing cooperation with relevant bodies to find solutions.

For his part, HE Saad bin Ali bin Saad Al Kharji, highlighted the significant recent development in Qatar’s tourism sector, emphasising its importance as a key pillar of the state’s economic diversification strategy under Qatar National Vision 2030. He outlined Qatar Tourism’s focus on streamlining procedures and regulations to address sector obstacles and align its development with the state’s progress. HE Al Kharji stressed the importance of empowering the private sector to propel tourism forward, mentioning ongoing plans to enhance the Hayya Card.

QC First Vice-Chairman HE Mohamed bin Twar noted that the private sector faces numerous challenges, emphasising the importance of addressing the demands of the private sector to ensure that the tourism sector fulfils its intended role in the state’s development.

QC board member and Chairman of the Tourism Committee, HE Sheikh Hamad bin Ahmed Al Thani, underscored the meeting’s significance in addressing the sector’s issues and challenges, and finding suitable solutions for them. He made sure that the Chamber’s Tourism Committee would follow up on the outcomes of the meeting as part of its role to enhance collaboration with tourism companies, and understand the most important challenges they face.

During the meeting, both sides agreed to designate two direct focal points between them: one for the hotel sector and the other for the travel office sector. It also was agreed to hold regular meetings with representatives of tourism companies to identify challenges they face and benefit from the private sector experiences in the tourism sector.

In response to questions from businessmen, Al-Kharji said that said that the proposals submitted by the Qatar Chamber will be identified, considered, and answered as soon as possible.

He also emphasised the significant role of the private sector in implementing the country’s strategic tourism plan, which considers tourism as a vital component of the local economy.

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