Qatar and the Republic of Korea have agreed to closely cooperate to make the next major UN Climate Change Conference at the end of 2012 a success. Very much the rising star of the Middle East, Qatar was also recently selected to host the annual World Travel Awards Grand Final.
Marriott International has welcomed the 257-room Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, 204-room Courtyard by Marriott Doha City Center and 123-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Doha City Center to Qatar. All three properties are located within two 48-storey towers located in West Bay across from Qatar Financial Centre, adjacent to the Doha City Center Mall.
Qatar has set its sights on domination of the Middle Eastern Tourism market with a series of ambitious developments and expansion plans. As the destination gears up for the annual World Travel Awards Grand Final, Breaking Travel News calls in to check out the latest developments in this most exciting of destinations.
Visitors to Qatar will be truly spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to stay in the future, with the emerging destination outlining its plans at World Travel Market 2011. There are currently 77 new hotels and 42 hotel apartments under construction in the destination, bringing a total of 21,107 new rooms into the Qatari hospitality market.
The Qatar National Convention Centre, which stands over Education City in the capital Doha is in its final preparation stages before becoming fully operational. Also in Doha in December, World Travel Awards will stage the annual Grand Final of its year long search for the cream of the tourism industry.
Qatar Airways has reached yet another significant milestone in its remarkable 14-year short history by taking delivery of its 100th airliner.
Qatar’s Al Faisal Holding, owned by a Qatari royal family member, has bought the W London Hotel in Leicester Square for £200 million, according to reports. This latest acquisition brings ARTIC’s hotel portfolio to 11 properties in Qatar, London and Egypt.
As Qatar gears up to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the country has embarked upon an ambitious hotel expansion plan, setting itself apart as one of the most exciting destinations in the world.
Italian architecture giant Giancarlo Zema Design Group has unveiled plans for a semi-submerged resort off the coast of Qatar. Valued at some $500 million, the Amphibious 1000 will be built in the middle of a marine reserve.
American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute academic courses and hospitality industry training and certification will be introduced in Doha, Qatar through its recent agreement with Casabella Hospitality Management.
Qatar, the richest Arab nation per capita, is set to enjoy a flourishing leisure tourism industry according to the CEO of Abu Dhabi Investment House (ADIH), developer of US$3 billion Entertainment City.
Mr. Akbar Al Baker is quite simply a driving force in the development of tourism in Qatar. Not only does he serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Tourism Authority, where his contribution to the growth and development of QTA and the State of Qatar is without compare, he has also turned Qatar Airways into a profitable group of companies that includes Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Doha International Airport, United Media International, Qatar Distribution Company, and Qatar Duty Free Company.