MAJOR BOOST FOR TOURISM
Qatar Airways, Qatar Tourism Authority and VFS Global Group signed a deal late last month aimed at increasing the number of tourist arrivals in the country, addressing the slump in visitors in the first half in 2016. The announcement was made by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker. From early next year, visitors will be able to apply online and get their visas within 48 hours. Al Baker added that the objective was to increase the number of visitors from 2.9 million in 2016 to five million in three years' time. It was also announced that 38 countries would be on the ‘visa on arrival' category and that Russia, China and India would be added to the list.