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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.

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