By continuing to host internationally renowned events, investing in hospitality offerings and expanding into more specialised areas of tourism, Qatar is in a perfect position to meet its goal of welcoming 6mn visitors a year by 2030.
Qatar Tourism (QT) highlighted this in a statement it issued on the occasion of Doha being officially recognised as the Arab Tourism Capital for 2023 by the Arab Tourism Organisation (ATO) at a commemoration ceremony.
Held under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani at the Cultural Village - Katara, the event took place on Arab Tourism Day (February 25), and was attended by tourism ministers, ambassadors and prominent leaders from the nations that are represented by the ATO, as well as Visit Qatar’s brand ambassadors Nasser al-Attiyah and Mutaz Barshim.
In addition to an official key handover ceremony that saw Doha being recognised as the title Arab Tourism Capital for 2023, the event also featured spectacular performances of compositions by Dana Alfardan, as well as an Arda and fireworks show.
Commenting on the occasion, Qatar Tourism Chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker said: “It is an honour to see Doha being named as the Arab Tourism Capital 2023 by the Arab Tourism Organisation. One of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, the Arab Tourism Capital award is a testament of our exceptional achievements in leisure and hospitality.
“I am proud of our city’s tireless efforts that have culminated in this honourable recognition and look forward to further cementing Doha’s position as one of the world’s most sought-after leisure destinations.”
The Arab Tourism Organisation declared Doha as the Arab Tourism Capital for 2023 in its 25th session at the Arab League General Secretariat Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The session was chaired by Jordanian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Nayef Fayez, amongst other prominent Arab leaders.
Cities were evaluated based on a selection of criteria including tourism management, infrastructure and resources, safety and security, diversity of tourism activations, and preservation and protection of the environment.
From the ceremony held on Saturday.