The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Qatar for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
The main objectives of the MoU are:
a) To create favourable conditions for long-term co-operation in the field of tourism for the mutual benefits.
b) To exchange expertise, publications, information/data and statistics related to tourism.
c) To encourage cooperation through the exchange of programmes, propaganda and advertising materials, publications, films, promotion and marketing of their tourism products via media etc.
d) To exchange visits of Tour Operators / Media /Opinion Makers for promotion of two way tourism.
e) To encourage co-operation between tourism sectors, tour operators, travel agents and other tourism private sector’s firms and bureaus in the two countries.
f) To encourage public and the private sectors to invest in tourism.
Qatar is an emerging tourism source markets for India (India received approximately 6313 tourists from Qatar in 2015). Qatar is a potential market for India in terms of Medical tourism and provides vast opportunity for India in this field. The signing of MoU with Qatar will be instrumental in increasing arrival from this emerging source market.