H.E. Secretary-General of Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said Saturday that tourism was one of the country's most promising sectors, with stable growth rates of 11 percent as of August 2019.
This came during remarks made by the Secretary-General of Qatar National Tourism Council to mark World Tourism Day 2019. He noted that Qatar was recently ranked number one in the Middle East and number eight globally in Business Environment by the World Economic Forums Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019. He added that the countrys tourism sector is undergoing rapid development, with milestone achievements in the sub sectors of cruise, business events and sports. Preparing beyond 2022, multiple new businesses are creating thousands of job opportunities in hospitality, retail, F&B, and transportation.
He highlighted that QNTC has initiated several training and education initiatives such as our tour guide programme and the UNWTO/ IE UniversityOnline Tourism Academy. We also support our partners such as QBIC, QDB, Josoor Institute, Stenden University and HBKU in training professionals and start-ups in tourism. He encourages all members of the sector to join and benefit from these platforms to equip themselves with the tools to excel, expand and create more jobs.
The tourism sector is one of the world's most resilient, growing at a rate of 4 percent, creating 10 percent of world jobs and even more in the ancillary sectors.
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