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Posted On: 10 August 2018 07:13 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:00 pm

QTA, German firm in deal to promote destination Qatar

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Rashed Alqurese

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and DER Touristik Deutschland have joined hands to further boost awareness of Qatar as a tourism destination and attract more visitors to the most open country in the region.

The deal comes following a 22% rise in German visitors to Qatar in 2017 compared to the previous year. As part of the partnership, DER Touristik will considerably expand the portfolio of its tour operator brands Dertour and Meier’s Weltreisen Qatar offers for the 2018/19 winter season: the existing day trip offer is being complemented by multi-day tours and the accommodation options on offer will increase to include a total of 14 hotels.

Rashed AlQurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA, commented: “We are delighted to collaborate with a strong partner like DER Touristik, which appreciates the full potential of Qatar as a destination, and is keen to share Qatar’s story with one of our biggest visitor source markets in Europe. This partnership comes to complement our various existing promotional activities aimed at attracting more German visitors to Qatar.”

Qatar’s tourism infrastructure is expected to receive a major boost in 2019 when the first phase of Doha’s new metro system comes online and the much-anticipated National Museum of Qatar opens its doors to the public.

Matthias Rotter, Managing Director at DER Touristik Deutschland, added: “Qatar is an exciting emerging destination that can be comfortably and easily accessed from many hubs across Germany. Its importance will increase significantly in the coming years and the country’s government is matching this expected growth with a concerted effort to make the visitor’s experience a smooth and seamless one.”

The award-winning national carrier Qatar Airways operates 35 weekly flights connecting Doha to the German cities of Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. Thanks to recent visa facilitation measures, Qatar has waived visa-upon-arrival requirements for German citizens granting them free access to the country and allowing them to spend up to 90 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips. Qatar is a six-hour flight from Germany, making it an attractive stopover destination for travelers heading farther East, while also providing numerous options for extended weekend stays.

Cover image courtesy of QTA