Posted on September 27, 2014

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) plans to make the country a hub of tourism education through a number of workshops and training sessions in the coming years, Erik Johansson, adviser to QTA, said Gulf Times. He also revealed that QTA was planning to develop a cultural village as well as a handicrafts market in the coming years to enhance cultural tourism in the country.

Johansson was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the Cultural Tourism Product Development Workshop organised by UNWTO and QTA for tourism industry representatives from several countries in the Middle East. “We are planning to renovate many of the cultural sites as they are not fully developed. They need to have car parking, toilets, coffee shops and restaurants, among other facilities. This will be worked out in phases,” he said.

QTA plans to boost cultural tourism [].jpgFurther, Johansson stressed that QTA is organising at least one or two training programmes every term. “This is an initiative to enhance cultural tourism in Qatar. We want to make Qatar a hub of tourism education.The course will help the delegates assess tourism products, know the status of tourism products in the country as well as enhance tourism supply to the country.” Around 45 participants from Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon and Sudan participated in the workshop.

The workshop, which lasted five days, provided inputs for the participants to improve cultural tourism possibilities in their countries. All the participants were awarded certificates at the concluding ceremony. Johansson said the delegates from other countries were taken to different cultural sites in Qatar. “Many of the delegates have given their feedback on these sites and how to improve them to attract more tourists to the country. QTA also has plans to link cultural tourism with neighbouring countries and provide opportunities for tourists to enjoy the entire region.”

He said the training will enable delegates from other countries to enhance their cultural tourism potential. “We want the delegates and participants from other countries to improve their skills to a great cultural tourism development. This will improve the arrival of tourists to their countries and the region as a whole.”