With awe inspiring architecture, a collection of world beating museums, and a rapidly growing program of events and activities, Qatar is fast establishing itself as the cultural hub of the Middle East. Many of the destination’s attractions are rooted in the culture and environment of the region.
The newly opened Qatar National Convention Centre, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is fast transforming the country’s meetings and events industry to be a global premier business destination. Already, the centre has hosted a number of high-profile events, and to date, 52 events with more than 30,000 visitors have been hosted at the Centre.
Ahmed Abdullah M. Alnuaimi, chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority Hotel talks to BTN about infrastructural developments taking place in Qatar in the build up to FIFA and the changing profile of Doha.
The Qatar Tourism Authority has announced it will work with travel representation and public relations firm Hills Balfour as it looks to establish itself as a leading destination for both leisure and business travel. This exciting step in the QTA’s international marketing approach comes as part of its strategy to grow the destination’s tourism industry by 20 per cent in the next five years.
Qatar has recorded positive hotel performance results in 2011 according to STR Global, reflecting increasing demand and interest in business and tourism as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. Occupancy remained stable last year edging 0.4 per cent higher from 2010 while average daily rates increased 0.7 per cent STR Global said.
The Qatar Railways Development (QRC), which is implementing a $37bn integrated rail system in the country, is set to award six major contracts in April 2012.
Officials at the Qatar Tourism Authority have confirmed the organisation will withdraw from the annual Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition scheduled for next month. The move will give the QTA time to focus on restructuring exhibition plans, explained a statement earlier.
The 2012 Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition in March will host a dedicated Qatar Pavilion with key exhibitors showcasing the growing opportunities and facilities related to the Qatari Meetings industry. Qatar’s events industry has been under the spotlight since the country won the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup last year. Most recently the destination played host to the World Travel Awards Grand Final.
As major international hotel chains compete for space in Qatar, a growing number of mid-market and budget hotels have also been eyeing the landscape, hoping to get a piece of the FIFA 2022 action. More than US $100 billion worth of infrastructure is expected to be developed by 2022 including the construction of 77 new hotels and 42 hotel apartments in Qatar bringing a total of 21,107 new rooms into the Qatari hospitality market.
Qatar and in particular Doha continues to experience a major boom in hotel development with large international hotel chains and companies rushing to become a part of one of the fastest growing countries in the world.
The Doha Exhibitions Center’s main hall was packed with visitors, shopping lovers and souvenir collectors looking for special treasures on the opening day of the Doha Trade Fair 2012 – Qatar’s biggest shopping carnival of the year. The event comes during an exciting period for Qatar, with the World Travel Awards Grand Final set to take place in the destination on January 11th.
Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey and director Sam Mendes were among an all star cast who flew into Qatar over the weekend to stage Shakespeare’s Richard III at the brand new Qatar National Convention Centre. Qatar was the only Middle Eastern destination included on the production’s global tour.