We don’t want people to come for a $50 room to lie on the beach all day and walk around with a backpack and shorts. These are not the type of people we’re targeting.

Ahmed Abdullah al-Nuaimi, chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority, in an interview with Reuters about the country’s push for high-end tourists. 

According to Al-Nuaimi, Qatar will invest up to $25 billion in tourism infrastructure development over the next decade in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, focusing on high-end hotels, a cruise ship terminal and entertainment venues.

But those facilities are not being built for the average Joe.

In his interview, Al-Nuaimi adds:

“We are different from the neighbouring countries. They focus on tourism as a source of income. If (the tourism market) crashes, it makes no difference for us.”

What do you guys think?

Is business tourism the way to go for Qatar? And even if it is, need the country be so snooty about it?

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