30 August 2017

The official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations will be held in Doha this September with the support of Katara Hospitality as Hospitality Partner, organisers Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) announced today.

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the event is expected to gather several hundred tourism industry stakeholders from around the world at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel to explore tourism’s role in sustainable development.

Katara Hospitality is a global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With a portfolio of 38 hotels spread across three continents in Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel known as the ‘Pyramid of the Gulf’ will be the host hotel for World Tourism Day. The hotel has a prime position in the West Bay area of Doha with an impressive style, cutting-edge amenities and facilities cater to today’s international traveller.

Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at QTA commented, “The support of Qatar’s foremost hospitality stakeholder to the World Tourism Day celebrations demonstrates their commitment to developing a sustainable and vibrant tourism industry in Qatar.” He added, “Together with Katara Hospitality, we look forward to offering our guests a memorable and authentic experience throughout their stay.”

Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality, commented: “We are pleased to partner with Qatar Tourism Authority for World Tourism Day to promote the contribution of travel and tourism to the global economy. As a key driver of Qatar’s diversification, as well as the third largest export industry in the world, tourism plays a highly significant role in sustainable development, both socially and economically. Katara Hospitality, together with Qatar Tourism Authority, is looking forward to bringing together industry partners from across the world to celebrate our sector’s continual pursuit of sustainability.”

WTD is the official day set aside in the United Nations’ calendar to highlight tourism’s contribution to some of the most pressing challenges society is faced with today. This year, the celebrations will be held under the theme ‘Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development’. This year’s celebrations will be the platform for the launch of the Next Chapter of the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030.