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Posted On: 30 May 2010 02:20 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Travel planners look to Qatar as destination

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Incentive travel and events planners from around the world – South America, Asia and Europe - learned about Qatar as a new and unique destination to consider for their clients’ travels at the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) pavilion at the Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events (IMEX) here. The soon-to-open Qatar Airways routes from Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Ares to Doha raised interest among a large group of South American operators. Gilberto Bocchino of European Travel in Brazil commented: “This is my first introduction to Qatar. With a new direct flight to Rio de Janeiro with Qatar Airways starting in June, I wanted to find out more about the country and its attractions to consider it as a destination for my clients. I liked what I saw in the presentation – and look forward to organising many trips to Qatar.” Claudio Fernandez of Leisure Express in Argentina was lucky to get a seat in the presentation. “From what I just saw, I am very interested in Qatar. A short week in Qatar will be perfect for an incentive trip.” An increase in interest also came from around Asia – China, Malaysia, Korea. Orlanno Fan of Poloair Holidays Shanghai Ltd had visited Qatar before. “But now, there is so much more to see in Qatar - more hotels, more attractions. I plan incentive travel for groups and am looking for new ideas. I have heard about the expansion in Qatar and wanted to see what was new.” The Qatar stand hosted many European visitors also, including many groups of German operators from the conference and incentive management sector. Germany is Europe’s leading outbound market, as in addition to significant business travel, Germans often plan their annual holidays outside their home country, and most often to a warm destination. Many German visitors to the Qatar stand were delighted to learn about the 48 hours stopover campaign as a new option. The participant feedback was also positive. “My meetings happened to be with mainly European clients,” Wael Rashid of W Hotel and Residence commented.