Cabinet Approves National Tourism Board Establishment Bill
The Cabinet has approved a bill on the establishment of the National Tourism Council, which is expected to give a new impetus to Qatar’s tourism sector through a multi-pronged approach.
The regular weekly Cabinet meeting also gave its approval to a draft law on regulating tourism in the country, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
The National Tourism Council must be constituted under the chairmanship of HE the Prime Minister, specifies the bill. The council will seek to “achieve the best conditions for the implementation of the national tourism strategy and its subsidiary programs, in order to promote comprehensive development plans for the tourism sector and to organize and promote them internally and externally,” QNA explained, noting that the council will aim to “enhance the tourism experience in the country and showcase the civilizational, cultural, artistic and tourism characteristics of the state.”
Under the bill, the National Tourism Council will exercise all powers and mandates necessary to achieve its objectives, including “adopting and reviewing the national tourism strategy, preparing and monitoring the implementation projects and programs that are part of the strategy, as well as the approval of the State development, economic and infrastructure plans and programs related to the strategy and the monitoring of its implementation in accordance with the National Vision of the Qatar 2030”.
The Council will also adopt general state tourism policy and oversee all aspects of tourism activity.
In September this year, it was announced that the National Tourism Board would soon replace the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) as part of Qatar’s efforts to restructure the sector.
The council will guide the overall development of the sector, monitor the performance of the tourism sector and ensure cross-sector collaboration and focus, QTA said.
Meanwhile, the Tourism Regulation Bill defines a tourist area as “any area within the territory of the country which has attractive archaeological, historical or natural features, and its coordinates will be determined by a decision of the Council of Ministers”. , according to QNA.
Furthermore, any area established as a tourist area by decision of the Council of Ministers, taken on the proposal of the chairman of the board of directors of the National Tourism Council, is also defined as a tourist area.
The draft law includes provisions concerning the approval and classification of hotel and tourist establishments, as well as tourist activities, festivals, tourist events and their organizing offices, as well as the promotion of festivals and tourist events.
After HE Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani chaired the Cabinet meeting at the Emir Diwan yesterday, HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al- Mahmoud said the Cabinet also yesterday approved a draft law on the organization of corporate events.
The bill defines commercial events as exhibitions or conferences. “It also defines an exhibition as an event whose purpose is to present samples, goods, machines, models or services relating to the commercial, industrial, banking, agricultural, tourist, real estate, professional, artistic, sports sectors. or others, and whether they are domestic or foreign products for advertising, marketing or promotional purposes – the main purpose of which is to attract foreign tourists to participate or visit,” said QNA, adding that these do not include any event whose primary purpose is the direct sale of goods to the public.
Further, the bill defines a conference as any meeting at which specialists in a particular field are called upon to attend under a specific title or topic to provide research and working papers dealing with a particular issue. The main objective is to attract foreign tourists to participate or visit.
Provisions regarding the licensing of commercial events and their offices and places of organization, as well as the classification of such offices, are also included in the draft law.