(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Qatar Business Events Corporation (QBEC) has convened its first board meeting in a first step towards activating the corporation.
QBEC is an executive arm of Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), which was established in November 2018 as part of a new governance structure that seeks to unify and consolidate efforts to develop the tourism sector.
QBEC's focus is on activating the Next Chapter of the National Tourism Sector Strategy where it concerns business events, a key sub-sector that attracts thousands of visitors to Qatar every year, with Qatar hosting 131 conferences and exhibitions in 2018 alone.
QBEC will organise, manage, operate and supervise events and venues in the country, in addition to participating in regional and international exhibitions and conferences to position Qatar as a leading business events destination.
The board members, appointed by QNTC, include Sheikh Faisal bin Thani al-Thani as Chairman of the Board; Hassan al-Ibrahim as Deputy Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of the Corporation; Rashed al-Qurese, Abdullah Abdulrahman Fakhroo, and Yousuf al-Jaida as Board Members.
'The business events sub-sector, as with much of tourism, is heavily reliant on the private sector to succeed. QBEC will act as a link between QNTC as a governing, planning and regulation body on the one hand and the private sector on the other hand, helping us to unify the vision, the efforts and the resources needed to cultivate a thriving business events sector, Sheikh Faisal said.
'We are delighted to welcome the Board of Directors to this new and exciting venture and thank them for lending their time and experience to efforts to establish and operationalise QBEC, he added.