Doha: Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) is offering residents of Qatar the chance to participate in country’s tourism sector by sponsoring a limited number of scholarships to the IE University UNWTO Tourism Online Academy.
As a founding sponsor of the Academy, QNTC will be awarding 10 scholarships to the Academy’s Certification Program, enabling participants to obtain high quality education and training in the historically resilient tourism sector. With 1 in 10 jobs relate to tourism globally, the Academy provides individuals with the skills and know-how to work in the dynamic and ever-evolving tourism sector.
The Certification Program is aimed at professionals, managers and anyone else seeking to deepen their learning or update their knowledge in tourism sector management. Focused on Travel and Tourism, Hospitality and Destination Management fields, QNTC has previously made scholarships available to professionals in the tourism industry exclusively.
The initiative is part of a coordinated effort by the Council to launch a series of programmes and workshops to build local capacity in the tourism sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.
QNTC Secretary General and Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker, said: “As Qatar continues to develop its tourism industry, we are seeking the best and brightest individuals to join us on this remarkable journey. In the coming years, we will require a constant stream of talented professionals that are trained and up to date with the latest industry practices. We are therefore very pleased to offer this unique opportunity to professionals from any career background who wish to enhance their skills, advance their careers, and join a field that showcases our country to the world.”
Launched in September 2019, UNTWO Online Academy is the world’s first online tourism academy, meeting a mounting demand for flexible career development programs.
To qualify for the Certification Program, interested individuals must first complete the Academy’s free introductory programme.
QNTC will then select the top 10 candidates from the introductory programme to be eligible for certification, a more comprehensive programme including a course on Fundamentals of Tourism Industry Management.
Scholars will learn about the latest trends in tourism industry management,including Strategy, Digital Marketing, Operations, Finance and Innovation and Digital Transformation amounting to approximately 48 hours of online education that can be completed at enrolees’ chosen pace.
To be eligible for one the scholarships offered by QNTC, interested individuals should enrol in Introduction to Tourism Industry Management by May 31, 2020. Selected scholars will be announced in mid-June.