SHOT IN THE ARM FOR QATAR-CHINA TIES
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.