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WTM news: Qatar 'Qurated' for tourism

Under the slogan “Qatar. Qurated for you”, 2019 saw the Qatar Tourism Council open an array of family activities, a new national museum, a state-of-the-art metro and a range of luxury new hotels to boost the country’s tourism attractions.

These openings, combined with the country now offering visa-free access, means that Qatar is in a unique position to project itself as a hub of tourism in the Middle East.

The Qatar National Tourism outlined six areas that have seen a boost of development in the previous year. These included: ‘culture’, with the opening of the Msheireb Museums complex,which features the National Museum of Qatar, the Museum of Islamic Art,  and the heritage houses; ‘coastal and desert attractions’, such as the dozen scenic beach sites; ‘sports’, including the development of the infrastructure to host the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup in 2022; and ‘cruise’, with the Doha Port set to become a major turnaround hub in the region, including a total of 16 ships set to use the port in the 2019/2020 season.

Known as a place to lap up leisure and luxury, there has also been several high-end hotel developments, including the Al-Najada and Souq Al-Wakrah hotels by Tivoli Hotels & Resorts and the Mandarin Oriental.

The tourism board said in a statement: “The main priority is diversification of products, services and source markets, to guarantee the sector’s sustainability and continued growth. Qatar is well-positioned as an ideal destination for a cultural escape, winter sun holiday, or a stopover city break.”


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