Qatar’s commitment to making tourism a priority industry in the national strategy for future development is based on the following considerations:
Global Importance and Growth Potential. International tourism, already by some measures the world’s largest industry, is projected to grow strongly in future. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, tourism accounts for 10% of total GDP and 1 in 11 jobs worldwide. Global visitor arrivals totalled 1.13 billion in 2014 and will reach 1.8 billion by 2030. Annual tourism growth in the period 2010-30 is expected to average 3.3% overall and 4.4% in emerging markets (including the Middle East).
Economic Benefits. Tourism has potential to meet Qatar’s development needs through its contribution to:
- Economic diversification, improved structural balance and reduced volatility,
- Increasing foreign exchange earnings,
- Creating new private sector business and employment opportunities,
- Stimulating construction, transportation, infrastructure development, trading, retailing, leisure and recreation services, and other related and ancillary industries.
Intangible Benefits. The exposure and goodwill generated by tourism can make a significant contribution to promoting Qatari culture and enhancing the country’s international profile and reputation.
Cultural Tourism Assets. Qatar has outstanding cultural assets. Tourists can expect a hospitable and welcoming society, authentic traditional visitor experiences, world-class museums, galleries and public art installations, historic sites and heritage attractions.
Natural Tourism Assets. Qatar has multiple natural assets. Visitors can enjoy year-round sunshine, extensive unspoiled beaches, the Inland Sea, spectacular desert scenery, mangrove lagoons and dramatic wind-sculpted rock formations.
Tourism Infrastructure. Qatar is constantly investing to enhance its existing world-class tourism infrastructure. Travellers can avail of a range of high quality luxury hotels, worldwide aviation connections, superb sports and recreation facilities, and state-of-the-art conference and exhibition facilities.