Washington /Information Office /8November 2015/ Qatar's Ambassador to the United States, HE Mohamed Jaham Al Kuwari, stressed that investment in tourism is part of Qatar's vision of sustainable development and economic diversification, noting that growth in the development of infrastructure projects has contributed to the development of tourism, including the planning to construct new hotels, the establishment of the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre and the opening of the Hamad International Airport. This came during a lecture entitled "The Role of Tourism in the Development of Qatar's Economy" delivered by Ambassador Al Kuwari before a number of lecturers and students in the graduate program in the field of Hospitality (Hospitality Program) at the U.S. University of Georgetown , as part of the Qatari diplomatic efforts to introduce Qatar in the United States, based on Qatar National Tourism sector strategy 2030. Qatar National Tourism sector strategy 2030 aims to achieve economic development through supporting small and medium-sized companies, encouraging entrepreneurship and enhancing the role of the private sector, HE Al Kuwari said. By 2030, this strategy is expected to contribute to increasing the tourism sector's quota in GDP nearly by the double thanks to the government and private sector's investment in the field of tourism, HE Al Kuwari said. He pointed out that the goal is to attract about 7 million visitors to Qatar from all over the world by 2030, he added. The Qatari Ambassador spoke about the role of Qatar Tourism Authority in the development of the tourism sector in the country through the planning, organization and promotion of the status of Qatar as a global tourist destination. Our goal in the next ten years is to put Qatar on the world tourism map, he added, referring to the creation of some sixty new initiatives in the tourism sector, in addition to the opening of branches of QTA in London and Paris. He praised in this regard Qatar Airways' expansion in seven major US cities. He also touched on the unique initiatives of Qatar's Museum of Islamic Art, which reflects the genius combination of modern construction and originality of Islamic architecture. HE Al Kuwari also stressed the role of tourism in bringing people together and spreading the culture of tolerance and dialogue of civilization and openness to the other, especially in a world where conflicts and wars prevail, saying what is happening is not a clash of civilizations but due to the ignorance of those civilizations. He also highlighted the role of sport in the development of the tourism sector, pointing out to Qatar's efforts in hosting major sports events as part of Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy. In this context, HE Al Kuwari praised Doha's efforts aimed to attract tourists through hosting international conferences and exhibitions, in addition to the annual celebrations such as "Qatar Summer" Festival. He AKuwari then invited the attendees to watch a documentary about the role of tourism in Qatar.