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QNTC to promote sports tourism By Sanaullah Ataullah | The Peninsula

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Doha: Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has kept a special focus on sport tourism to attract tourists from all over the world to Qatar which has emerged as one of the largest hub for sport activities.

“QNTC focused on 10 world markets to bring tourists to Qatar like the US, the UK, Turkey, India, China among others. In the coming days, the focus will be on the countries like the Scandinavian ones,” said Ali Al Muhannadi, Head of Tourism Control at QNTC.

Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe, which covers the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. 

Speaking at a panel discussion on ‘The Future of Work in Tourism in Qatar’ Al Muhannadi said: “QNTC issued 250 licences for tour guides and safari drivers under a major programme to raise the standard of tourism service providers and further regulate the sector.” 

He said that QNTC partnered with the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations and opened first tourist academy to train local tour guides.

“Qatar attached great importance on sport tourism and its sustainability in collaboration with its partners as the country is known for international sport events,” said Al Muhannadi. 

He said that Qatar has great international professional experience in sport sector in organising various sport events. “QNTC made partners in Doha to boost tourism sector including sport, heritage and culture offering various tourism products to the visitors and creating opportunities to explore tourism places of the country including heritage sties, coastal and desert areas,” said Al Muhannadi. 

The panel discussion was organised by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs in cooperation with ILO and other stockholders under a theme ‘The Future of Work in Qatar’ to celebrate the 100th anniversary of ILO. Salma Ahmad Al Hammadi, a panellist from Legal Department of Katara Hospitality highlighted the role of Katra in attracting tourism. Mamadou Diallo, Deputy General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) moderated the discussion.

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