Memorandums Of Understanding (MOUs) to boost hospitality and tourism sector in the State of Qatar
26th February 2019
– In collaboration with Qatar National Tourism Council, Qatar Airways, Rixos Hotels, Qetaifan Projects and Discover Qatar-
– In a first-of-its-kind gathering of 32 international tour operators such as Bentoor, Anex, MP Hotels and Meeting Point Worldwide. Etc from nine different countries.
– 17 (MoUs) with global operators, which currently provide 4 million tourists around the world and will focus on the State of Qatar to revitalize and boost the tourism and hospitality sector.
Doha, Qatar –Katara Hospitality, a leading global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar, in in collaboration with Qatar National Tourism Council, Qatar Airways, Rixos Hotels, Qetaifan Projects and Discover Qatar, signed number of Memorandums Of Understanding with international tour operators aimed to activating tourism in the State of Qatar in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and His Excellency Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance.
The Memorandums of Understanding were signed by His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality Board, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Secretary General of Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) and Group Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways Group, Mr. Fettah Tamince, Founder and Chairman of the Rixos Hotels with international tour operations; In presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Deputy Chairman at Katara Hospitality, Managing Director and CEO of Qetaifan Projects.
These partnerships will pave the way for long-term collaboration, through the sharing of knowledge and expertise in relation to tourism planning and development. Similarly, to encourage investment in tourism and hospitality sectors, the official visit of these key international tour operators will enable to promote tourism, exchange experience in the areas of marketing destination as well as promote safe, honorable and sustainable tourism. The signing ceremony took place after a day of showcasing the hidden gems of state of Qatar through presentation from official stakeholders including National Tourism Council, Qatar Airways, Discover Qatar, Katara Hospitality and Qetaifan Projects, followed by a site visit to Qetaifan Island North development.
These MOUs are designed to attract and absorb the largest number of tourists and to complement the efforts of Qatar National Tourism Council, Qatar Airways, Rixos Hotels, Katara Hospitality and Qetaifan Projects. In the framework of revitalizing and developing the tourism sector, Qatar has witnessed a comprehensive renaissance in all sectors.
HE Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality and Board Member in National Tourism Council said: “We are proud today to announce these partnerships, which represent our commitment to invest in the development of the tourism industry and enhance Qatar’s hospitality sector. It is one of the most important aspects of investment, which should be considered as one of the largest sectors contributing to the global GDP, which has made it one of the most important sources of capital bringing economic growth forward.
He added: “Tourism plays a role in increasing the capacity of productive countries and stimulating the movement of industrial production and investment in other sectors. Such tourism initiatives are an integral part of the total investment of any country to maximize the impact of tourism investment on other sectors.”
HE Akbar Al Baker, Secretary General of Qatar National Tourism Council and CEO of Qatar Airways said: “We are delighted to partner with Katara Hospitality and support its investment plans. The National Council for Tourism works with all partners in the public and private sectors to support tourism investment opportunities, “Qatar National Tourism Council (NCC) is working to achieve unity of vision between the various sectors of the tourism sector. tourism such as aviation, hospitality and others, thus contributing to the achievement of the national vision for the tourism sector in achieving the goals of sustainable tourism development, and in promoting Qatar’s position on the world tourism map.
HE Sheikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Deputy Chairman of Katara Hospitality Company, Managing Director and Managing Director of Qetaifan Enterprises, said: “The meeting with tour operators aims to stimulate the tourism sector in the country and its services. The important thing that undoubtedly supports other sectors and effectively contributes to the marketing of Qatar, as the country is on the horizon of global projects and important, most notably the World Cup Qatar 2022; We are working restlessly in Qetaifan Projects to develop the northern island in Lusail, to be able to accommodate the largest number of tourists through the projects that will take place on the island including hotels, restaurants and retail, in addition to the villages specially designed fitting fans expectations as well as entertainment services that will live up to international levels of competition and in line with the national vision of the State of Qatar 2030. ”
Mr. Fettah Tamince, Founder and Chairman of Rixos Hotels, added, “In January 2019, we sealed our partnership with Katara Hospitality to manage and operate the challenging project at Qetaifan Island North. We consider it our aim to provide added value to each and every new market we enter. Today, as part of this mission, we are proud to be here in Doha at this organization with all our business partners we closely work with and continue to grow together. I would like thank you to all CEO’s, Board Members and Executives of the tour operators for joining us here. I believe that this visit will give us new opportunities to develop new products and services that will attract tourism of Qatar”
Qetaifan Island North development is part of Lusail city with seven beaches, making it a distinctive waterfront of the city. The island has an area of 1.3 million square meters, and the island’s projects span approximately 830 thousand square meters.
Qatar hosts the 2022 World Cup as the first Arab country of which Qetaifan Projects provides facilities capable to accommodate a large number of tourists through hotels, commercial markets, restaurants and unique recreational facilities such as the water game city, as well as the vast green spaces that will bestow Aesthetic and privacy on the island. This serves the overall vision of Qatar 2030 and the tourism sector through the expansion of urbanization and the absorption of large number of projects that serve different sectors in the State of Qatar.
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