By Sarah Townsend
Officials in Qatar have been granted judicial powers to conduct raids on hotels and other visitor facilities
Officials in Qatar have been granted judicial powers to conduct raids on hotels and other visitor facilities to ensure they are complying with international standards for tourism.
The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said in a statement on Wednesday that the Public Prosecution Department had conferred judicial authority on several of its employees, according to The Peninsula newspaper.
These employees will be given special field training to conduct raids on hotels, exhibitions and other tourist facilities and ‘book’ them if they are in breach of tourism laws and the UN’s World Tourism Organization’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.
The powers also give the staff the power to gather subsequent evidence needed for investigation and trial.
The QTA’s chief tourism development officer, Hassan Al Ibrahim, reportedly said: “We are working to upgrade Qatar’s tourism sector to global standards. There is no doubt that the decision is a milestone in QTA’s history.”