Qatar Tourism Authority Is Now The National Tourism Council

To achieve the Next Chapter’s targets, Qatar’s leadership has approved a new governance structure for the tourism sector in order to coordinate, consolidate and focus the efforts of its key members and stakeholders. This new governing body, the National Tourism Council (NTC), will replace Qatar Tourism Authority.

The council will report to a board chaired by HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister.

Enabling development of the sector through new structures and policies

Because the tourism sector is unique in its reliance on many ancillary sectors to succeed, the government has approved a restructuring of the tourism sector to consolidate and focus the efforts of all concerned parties, and facilitate:

 

Empowerment

in decision-making and implementation

Clarity

in structure and roles.

Opportunity

for professionals in the tourism industry.

 

 

Overall governance structure

  • - The Chairman of the Council’s Board, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister, with HE Ali Sharif Al Emadi, Minister of Finance as Vice Chairman.
  • - The Council’s Board will include high-level representation from relevant ministries and stakeholders. The board consists of:
    • • HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports.
    • • HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications.
    • • HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Minister of Commerce and Industry.
    • • HE Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive.
    • • HE Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani, Director of Qatar's Government Communications Office.
    • • HE Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality.
    • • Two representatives from the private tourism sector to be selected by the Chairman of the Council’s Board.
  • - The National Tourism Council (NTC) will replace what is currently Qatar Tourism Authority.

The National Tourism Council will carry out the following core functions:

Strategic industry planning and policy development

The development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to promote investment opportunities in the tourism sector

Destination marketing and promotion for both leisure and business events

The enhancement of visitor experience in collaboration with tourist-facing entities

The management of regulatory affairs, including the swift and efficient execution of all tourism licenses and similar services

Regulatory affairs, including swift and efficient execution of all tourism licenses and similar services.

Three new entities will be established and will operate with oversight from the NTC:

Qatar Tourism Promotion Company

responsible for international promotion

Qatar Tourism Development Company

for facilitating the development of major tourism products in collaboration with the private sector.

Qatar Business Events Company

responsible for managing Qatar Business Events and their venues.