National Tourism Council to be set up

 09 Nov 2017 - 9:44

The Peninsula

The Cabinet approved a draft law on establishing the National Tourism Council in its regular meeting yesterday which was chaired by Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. The draft law was transferred to the advisory council for further discussion.

The draft law stipulates that the National Tourism Council aims to achieve the best conditions for the implementation of the national strategy for tourism and its subsidiary programs, in order to promote comprehensive development plans for tourism sector and organise and promote them internally and externally. 

It also aims to improve tourism experience in the country and show the civilisational, cultural, artistic and tourist features of the State, QNA reported. 

The Council, under the draft law, shall exercise all necessary powers and terms of reference to achieve its objectives, including adoption and review of the national strategy for tourism, preparation and following up the implementation of the projects and programs that are part of that strategy. 

It will approve the State’s development, economic and infrastructure plans and programs which are related to the strategy and following up on its implementation in accordance to Qatar National Vision 2030.

The Council also shall adopt the general policy of the State regarding to tourism and supervise all aspects of tourist activity.

The Cabinet approved a draft law on Tourism Regulation which defined the tourist area as any area in the territory of the country that has attractive, archaeological, historical or natural features, and its coordinates shall be determined by a decision of the Council of Ministers. additionally, any area issued as a tourist area by a decision from the Council of Ministers based on a proposal by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Tourism Council is defined as a tourist area.

The draft law also included provisions concerning the licensing and classification of hotel and tourist establishments, as well as tourism activities, festivals, tourism events and their organising offices and the promotion of festivals and tourist events.

The Cabinet also approved a draft law on organising business events. The draft law defined the business events as exhibitions or conferences. It also defined the exhibition as an event that is held to display samples, goods, machines, models or services related to the commercial, industrial, banking, agricultural, tourism, real estate, professional, artistic, sports or other sectors, and whether they are of national or foreign products for the purpose of advertising, marketing or promoting them, the main purpose of which is to attract tourists from abroad to participate or visit. 

This does not include any event which its primary purpose is the sale of direct goods to the public. Provisions concerning the licensing of business events and their organising offices and places and the classification of events organising offices were also included in the draft law. The Cabinet also approved the Emiri Draft Decision on the organisational structure of the Ministry of Public Health.

The Ministry of Public Health has prepared the Emiri Draft Decision in the framework of implementing the strategic plan in the health sector in accordance with the new requirements and the tasks to be achieved. The Draft has introduced new administrative units in the ministry’s organisational structure.

The Cabinet also approved a draft decision by the Minister of Economy and Commerce amending some provisions of Resolution No. (47) of 2005 determining fees for services performed by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.

In addition, the Cabinet approved a draft decision by the Minister of Economy and Commerce amending some provisions of Resolution No. (410) of 2014 determining fees for services of the protection of intellectual property rights.

Additionally, the Cabinet approved draft air services agreement between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. The Cabinet also approved a draft memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on cooperation between the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and the Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

The Cabinet approved a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of exchange of financial investigations related to money-laundering and the financing of terrorism between the Financial Information Unit of Qatar and the Financial Information Processing Unit of Morocco. The Cabinet took the necessary measures to ratify a memorandum of understanding between Qatar Tourism Authority and the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China on facilitating the trips of Chinese tourists group to Qatar.

Moreover, the Cabinet reviewed the study on regulations of Marine Fishing Ports. The Cabinet also reviewed the study prepared by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs on the Qatari humble families who engage in commerce activities at homes. The cabinet took the appropriate decisions in this regard.