Qatar National Tourism Council sponsors Online Tourism Academy

Qatar National Tourism Council sponsors Online Tourism Academy

By QLNews

Qatar has always been at the forefront of innovation, particulalry in education. Home to some of the leading universities in the world, the country constantly seeks to establish new programs that encourage high quality learning experiences at all levels. 

Taking another step in this direction, Qatar's National Tourism Council (QNTC) has become the founding sponsor of the IE University and United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Tourism Online Academy following an agreement that was signed in Doha yesterday. 

The online platform aims to provide professionals with easy access to high-quality education in the travel and tourism, as well as hospitality and destination management fields, according to QNTC.

The academy, which is the first of its kind sponsored by Qatar, will benefit from UNWTO’s expertise in tourism coupled with IE University’s innovative education model.

The Academy will offer short courses in tourism covering subjects such as strategy management, operations management, marketing management, finance fundamentals, as well as technology and innovation management.

Graduates of the academy will receive an IE University UNWTO Online Tourism Academy certification in Foundations of Management Applied to Tourism. 

The agreement for the Academy sponsorship was signed by QNTC Assistant Secretary-General Hassan Al Ibrahim, and Global Director of Corporate Relations at IE University William Davila in the presence of UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

“As a government organization focused on ensuring the best possible experiences to our visitors, QNTC recognizes the vital role that tourism education and training institutions play in leading the industry towards competitiveness and sustainability. And, we are pleased to support UNWTO in developing and delivering programs that will enable professionals to meet the tourism labor market needs,” Al Ibrahim commented on the occasion.

IE University shapes leaders with a global vision and an entrepreneurial mindset to drive innovation and change in organizations said Davila.

“The Tourism Online Academy in collaboration with UNWTO, and with the support of QNTC, will create an important impact in the society, supporting the growth of the tourism industry on a global basis,” he noted.

“The signing of this agreement is the first step in the creation of the Tourism Online Academy. Many more steps will be taken in the coming months to provide online high-quality training for everyone in this important industry,” Davila added.

QNTC also announced that the UNWTO is lending its expertise to help develop the Qatar National Tourism Experience Awards program.

The awards program will recognize businesses, public entities, NGOs, and associations, operating both inside and outside of Qatar and across all sectors, that are directly or indirectly contributing to the delivery of exceptional experiences to Qatar’s visitors.

Pololikashvili said that the awards “will put the spotlight on best practices which will be relevant for Qatar and beyond, given the countries international relevance.”

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