Qatar daily Gulf Times reported today (February 26) that HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani on Monday witnessed the signing of a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to impart a major tourism boost, Katara Hospitality has announced.
The MoUs were signed between the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) and Qetaifan Projects Company (a subsidiary of Katara Hospitality), Rixos Hotels, Qatar Airways and a number of international tour operators. HE the Minister of Finance Ali Sherif al-Emadi was present.
Katara Hospitality is a leading global hotel owner, developer, and operator based in Qatar.
The MoUs were signed by Katara Hospitality chairman Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, QNTC secretary general and Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker, Rixos Hotels founder and chairman Fettah Tamince, in the presence of Katara Hospitality deputy chairman and Qetaifan Projects managing director and CEO Sheikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.
“The 17 MoUs with global operators, which currently provide 4mn tourists around the world, will focus on revitalizing Qatar’s tourism and hospitality sector,” according to a statement issued by Katara Hospitality.
The signing ceremony took place after a day of showcasing the hidden gems of Qatar through a presentation from official stakeholders including QNTC, Qatar Airways, Discover Qatar, Katara Hospitality and Qetaifan Projects, followed by a site visit to Qetaifan Island North development.
“These partnerships will pave the way for long-term collaboration, through the sharing of knowledge and expertise in relation to tourism planning and development,” it was explained.
“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.
“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.
Sheikh Nawaf said these partnerships represent Katara Hospitality’s commitment to invest in the development of the tourism industry and enhance Qatar’s hospitality sector.
HE al-Baker expressed delight in partnering with Katara Hospitality and support its investment plans. He observed that the QNTC works with all partners in the public and private sectors to support tourism investment opportunities.
“The QNTC is working to achieve the unity of vision between the various segments within the tourism sector, 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 added.