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Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is leading delegation of 10 industry partners to IBTM Barcelona later this month. There they will showcase a full range of hotels, DMCs, event management companies, and state-of-the-art venues that make for an attractive business events destination in the region.
Following a series of winning bids to host international events in Qatar, QTA and its partners are aiming to build on buyers’ interest and draw more event planners to the destination. Twelve international conferences are already planned to be held in Doha in 2018. Among those confirmed are the first Middle East edition of ICEIRD (International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development) and IATA’s International Ground Handling Conference.
Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at QTA commented saying, “Event planners and organisers are always looking for new destinations to host their events. IBTM Barcelona presents a unique opportunity for us to showcase Qatar as a welcoming and easily-accessible meeting point where professionals with shared interests, can learn and share knowledge while experiencing the country’s unique cultural offerings.”
He added, “Qatar’s authentic tourism offerings, combined with world-class venues, an expanded transport network, and exceptional accessibility via the national carrier, Qatar Airways have already proven Qatar to be a highly attractive business event destination.”
During the three-day global trade event, QTA will hold a networking lunch where buyers are invited to learn more about the country’s unique tourism products and services which make for memorable and authentic experiences. Additionally, QTA and partner delegates from Qatar are also set to attend match-making sessions with relevant industry representatives from across the world.
Qatar’s position as a rapidly-growing hub for education, sport, research, healthcare and energy, makes it an attractive destination for international business events buyers. With Qatar Foundation’s Education City hosting branch campuses of 8 international universities, and the cutting-edge Qatar Science & Technology Park, the country offers eye-opening experiences for conference attendees of any background, both inside and beyond the walls of its venues.
Business visitors to Qatar also benefit from unique cultural experiences, courtesy of iconic landmarks such as the Museum of Islamic Art, which houses collections of masterpieces spanning 1,400 years of history.
IBTM is a leading annual global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences, events and business travel industry. The event gathers meetings industry professionals for three days of focused business opportunities, thought provoking professional education and networking to drive MICE into the future. QTA has been leading a Qatari delegation to the annual event since 2013.
1. Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery by AccorHotels
2. Arabian Adventures Qatar
3. Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC)
4. Labbaik Tours & Travels
5. Marriott Marquis City Center Doha
6. Qatar International Adventures
7. Qatar Airways (QMICE)
8. Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
9. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
10. The Torch Doha
Source: ILQ News
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