SHOT IN THE ARM FOR QATAR-CHINA TIES

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Fol­low­ing the sign­ing of a bi­lat­eral agree­ment be­tween Qatar Tourism Au­thor­ity (QTA) and China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CNTA), Qatar has now be­come an ap­proved des­ti­na­tion for Chi­nese tourists. In a state­ment by QTA in Septem­ber, the agree­ment grants Qatar an ‘Ap­proved Des­ti­na­tion Sta­tus (ADS),' al­low­ing it to re­ceive Chi­nese tourists and hold tourism pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties within China.

CNTA Chair­man Li Jin­zao said: “We are de­lighted to wel­come Qatar to the list of coun­tries that have ADS. This sys­tem aims to guar­an­tee safe and re­li­able tourism ser­vices for Chi­nese cus­tomers from both local travel agen­cies and in­ter­na­tional tour op­er­a­tors.”

Mean­while, Qatar's am­bas­sador to China, Sul­tan Salmeen Al Man­souri, said that the QTA-CNTA agree­ment em­bod­ies Qatar's sup­port for the ‘One Road, One Belt Ini­tia­tive,' the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt.

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