Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) will organize a number of exciting activities and events as part of the Arab Tourism Day celebrations, to be held in all Arab capitals under the theme ‘Towards Integrated Arab Tourism’. The date of the festivities, on the 25th February, coincides with the birth of Arab explorer Ibn Battuta, whose work and writings have greatly contributed to highlighting tourism in the Arab World.
It is noteworthy that QTA represented the State of Qatar in the 17th session of the Arab Ministerial Council on Tourism, held at the headquarters of the Arab League General Secretariat in Cairo between 26 and 28 November 2014, during which the Arab Tourism Day was officially endorsed.
QTA will post information about Arab Tourism Day, its significance and objectives on its social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). It will also organize –starting today and for three consecutive days — a cultural competition on its social media channels, including the following question: If you were Ibn Battuta, why would you visit Qatar nowadays? Participants have to send their response in video messages or in writing. The winner, to be announced on 28 February 2015, wins a free three-day trip to Qatar.
A special commemorative stamp will also be issued in cooperation with the General Postal Corporation (Q-Post) to mark the Arab Tourism Day on February 25 of each year. The stamp will be available for customers in all the selling points affiliated with Q-Post.
“QTA celebrates Arab Tourism Day out of its belief in the importance of cooperatives initiatives with Arab countries to support tourism sectors in the Arab world, as well as the importance of developing tourist destinations and connecting them in such a way that makes Arab cities preferred tourist destinations for Arab and international visitors as well,” said, Saif al Kuwari, Director of Public Relations and Communications at QTA. “By celebrating this day, we aim to highlight the importance of promoting tourism in Qatar and the Arab countries, particularly that we recently opened a representative office in Saudi Arabia to attract visitors from the GCC and Arab countries,” Al Kuwari, added.
Arab Tourism Day simulates World Tourism Day – the fact that might shed more light on the regional event, thus making its activities a center of focus across the Arab world. The anniversary’s idea is an innovative one that can effectively contribute to strengthening Arab tourism cooperation. Furthermore, the Arab Tourism Organization’s choice of the theme “Towards Integrated Arab Tourism” reflects its belief in the necessity of integrated efforts to boost Arab tourism and the need to develop joint Arab tourism programs to make the Arab region a common sought-after destination.
Marking Arab Tourism Day also seeks to highlight tourism, its significance in the economies of the Arab world and in creating job opportunities. Tourism also plays a key role in enhancing and developing inter-Arab relations.