QNH to unveil expansion strategy
Qatar National Hotels Company (QNHC) is set to unveil its strategic expansion programme at ATM, along with a new identity.
“We have been at the forefront of Qatar’s development since its creation, and we are responsible for growing the country’s hospitality product,” remarked Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, chairman of Katara Hospitality — the new name for QNHC.
According to Euromonitor International, inbound visitor numbers for Qatar are expected to reach 1.6 million by 2014, up from just under one million in 2009.
Katara Hospitality has already added to its portfolio in 2012 with the acquisition of two iconic Raffles properties in Singapore and Paris.
An investment agreement was also signed between Katara Hospitality and the Moroccan government in late 2011 for the multi-million redevelopment of Tangier’s historic Tazi Palace.
UNWTO to hold high profile session
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have revealed that Middle East Tourism Ministers will, for the first time, come together at ATM 2012 for a special session that will focus on driving forward the region’s tourism agenda.
Scheduled to take place on April 30, the first day of the show, the high-profile forum will pick up on feedback from regional tourism leaders, who highlighted increased co-operation and the expansion of tourism products as key drivers for future tourism growth.
“The ongoing changes in the MidEast and North Africa bring enormous opportunities,” said UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai.
“Rule of law and democracy will empower local communities, opening the door for these to be better engaged in the process of tourism development,” he continued.
According to Rifai, despite the setback in visitor arrival figures, UNWTO was forecasting the resumption of growth.
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