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Philippines and Qatar Expand Tourism and Business Cooperation

Philippines Tourism

The Philippines and the State of Qatar reinforce their commitment to mutual development and growth through the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Signed by Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco and State Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, this agreement underscores the shared vision of Philippines and Qatar to enhance cooperation in tourism and business events.

State Visit and MOU Signing

Philippines Tourism

The signing ceremony took place on April 22 at the Malacañang Palace, attended by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., and Qatar Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani during the State Visit of the Qatar Amir to the Philippines. This significant event symbolizes the deepening of diplomatic ties and the exploration of collaborative opportunities between the two nations.

The MOU aims to stimulate tourism flows between the Philippines and Qatar by fostering collaboration among travel and tourism agencies. By creating favorable conditions for movement and communication for visiting tourists, both countries aspire to enhance the overall tourist experience and promote cultural exchange.

In addition to encouraging tourism investments, the agreement facilitates the exchange of organizational expertise, knowledge, statistics, and best practices. Through familiarization visits for media and tourism experts, as well as specialized trainings, both nations seek to elevate the quality of tourism services and offerings.

Joint Working Team and Implementation

Philippines Tourism

A Joint Working Team will be established to oversee the execution, follow-up, and evaluation of activities outlined in the agreement. This collaborative approach ensures the effective implementation of provisions and the achievement of mutual goals in tourism and business events.

Aligned with the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2023-2028, the Department of Tourism (DOT) prioritizes the development of Muslim-friendly and halal tourism offerings.

Recognized as the Emerging Muslim-friendly Destination of the Year (Non-OIC) at the Halal in Travel Global Summit 2023, the Philippines demonstrates its commitment to catering to the needs of Muslim visitors and promoting inclusivity in tourism.

The renewed MOU between the Philippines and Qatar sets the stage for a dynamic partnership characterized by collaboration, innovation, and mutual benefit. As both nations embark on a journey of tourism and business development, they pave the way for a prosperous and sustainable future built on shared values and common objectives.

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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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