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Posted On: 11 January 2013 02:17 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

German hotel Bond package a hit with Qataris

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Adventurous vacationers from Qatar and the Middle East have marked Munich as one of their top destinations for an unusual action-packed package courtesy of The Charles Hotel Munich. “We have created just last year the James Bond 007 Package wherein a visitor could be James Bond for a day,” Frank Heller, General Manager, The Charles Hotel Munich, told The Peninsula yesterday. “Qataris always want some adventure, something special they haven’t experienced before and this package works very well,” said Heller. For ¤60,000, the hotel’s client could live the life of the famous British secret agent, experiencing all the adventures and luxury including a stay in the hotel’s presidential suite. With a film team following him, he would go to accomplish his mission riding a helicopter, bungee jumping or performing other James Bond acts according to his choice and physical ability and set at some of the most stunning locations around the city and the Bavarian mountains. At the end, he is given a copy of the film which he can proudly show to his friends when he goes back home. With regard to tourist arrivals, Heller said the Middle East, specifically Qatar, has been on top of their list. “Around 40 percent of our business is coming from the Middle East and more than 20 percent of this is only from Qatar,” said Heller who is in Doha to thank their customers. The peak season is usually during summer and Ramadan but now it has somehow changed, he noted. “We have now Qataris staying in our hotel throughout the year and their stay ranges from a week to three months,” he said. Last year alone, the hotel witnessed 40,000 visitors from Qatar and a double-digit growth, he noted, citing Qatar Airways’ twice daily flights to Munich as one of the drivers of the increase in tourist arrivals in Munich. Medical tourism has also become popular from visitors here so the hotel has recently put up a medical concierge to assist clients from Qatar to make the right appointments. The hotel also has an Arabic chef, local food and many Arabic speaking staff to make every visitor from here has a ‘home away from home’ feeling, he added. Rocco Forte Hotels, he said, is eyeing expansion in Qatar with plans to put up some of their famous brands here. The Peninsula