Qatar to issue new tourism law to establish infrastructure for 2022 World Cup

Law will give Qatar Tourism Authority to give permission to investors to build tourism related infrastructure

Qatar is set to issue a new tourism law in June, giving the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) more the authority to establish infrastructure ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a top ranking official has said.

Abdullah Mallala Al Badr, QTA’s director of Tourism, told Gulf News that the government had made significant investments to develop Qatar’s tourism infrastructure over a five year period, including the construction of new hotels, resorts and other tourism facilities.

“This law will give us more powers to hold more events and give permission to build new hotels,” he told the Dubai based newspaper on the sidelines of a recent event to promote Qatar as a tourism destination within the GCC.

Al Badr added that Qatar Development Bank would finance tourism related projects of Qatari and non-Qatari investors.

“Qatar is preparing for a robust economic future and tourism will play a key role in creating a diverse and sustainable economy. This rapid development in Qatar’s tourism industry and infrastructure will only solidify Qatar’s position as an upcoming business destination in the Middle East,” he said.

QTA plans to grow the country’s tourism industry by 20% within the next five years. As a result, it has held road shows across the GCC this year, promoting it as the ideal destination for holidaymakers.

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