The agreement allows Qatar to tap into the world’s largest outbound tourism market

Qatar has officially become an approved destination for Chinese tourists, following the signing of a bilateral agreement between Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).

The agreement grants Qatar Approved Destination Status (ADS), allowing it to receive tourists from China and to promote Qatar as a tourist destination within China.

CNTA Chairman Li Jinzao said he was delighted to welcome Qatar to the list of countries with ADS.

This system aims to guarantee safe and reliable tourism services for Chinese customers, from both local travel agencies and international tour operators. We have seen the Qatari tourism sector make great strides, and we are certain Chinese travellers will find fulfilling experiences and a high level of service in Qatar.’

Qatar’s Ambassador to China Sultan Salmeen Al Mansouri said they have been watching the Chinese outbound market grow over the past years, reaching 135 million travellers in 2016.

With growing interest from Chinese tourists to venture outside the Far East and explore the Arab world, this is a great opportunity to build new bridges between the two regions. This agreement also embodies our support for the Belt and Road Initiative, for which Qatar was one of the first countries to express support. As more projects are implemented for the initiative, we expect more opportunities for collaboration between our two countries, particularly in commerce, tourism, sport and culture.’

QTA Chief Tourism Development Officer Hassan Al Ibrahim added that thanks to a robust economy and an increasingly open tourism policy, the Chinese outbound tourism market has been the largest in the world since 2012, with the growth expected to continue. He said that QTA is excited to offer Qatar’s renowned hospitality to Chinese guests.

Qatar is home to the award-winning five-star airline Qatar Airways. The national carrier flies directly to six destinations in mainland China, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Hangzhou.