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Qatar Airways Becomes Member Of Key Global Industry Body Covering The Meetings, Incentives, Conferences And Exhibitions (MICE) Sector

Airline Boosts Presence To Promote Doha And Global Network To MICE Organisers Worldwide

20 May 2012

Frankfurt, GERMANY – Qatar Airways has become a member of ICCA, the leading international industry body promoting the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector.

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Qatar Airways Flies to Over 100 Destinations Worldwide

Membership of ICCA – International Congress and Convention Association – will benefit the airline in promoting its business in Qatar and as a global carrier flying MICE traffic to destinations around the world.

Today’s announcement comes as Qatar Airways prepares to take part in the world’s leading meetings, events and exhibitions trade show, IMEX, taking place in Frankfurt from May 22 – 24.

The award-winning airline currently operates to over 100 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America flying a modern fleet of more than 100 aircraft.

With a network that is growing at a phenomenal rate, MICE operators will have a wider choice of destinations to choose from as the airline not only introduces new routes, but also provides delegates with greater flexibility with increased frequency.

As part of its bid to venture further into the MICE business, the Doha-based airline has been actively involved in promoting Qatar as an international MICE destination.

Qatar Airways works closely with its inbound destination management arm Discover Qatar to promote the airline’s Doha hub, as well as the hospitality business in Qatar as a year round market.

The airline is capitalising on the burgeoning hospitality sector in the State of Qatar, encouraging event organisers and related MICE companies to bring their business to the Gulf state to enjoy a Five Star experience.

The ICCA is one of the most prominent associations in the MICE sector with over 900 members across 90 countries worldwide. Its members comprise leading specialists in the MICE industry, including handling, transportation and accommodation experts.

Qatar Airways will have a dedicated exhibition stand (E625) at IMEX in Frankfurt this week with strong representation from the airline’s local and global sales team who will be able to engage in dialogue with MICE organisers from around the world for new business opportunities.

The airline is also developing a MICE section within www.qatarairways.com featuring information and service offerings across the sector.

Qatar Airways currently operates 35 weekly flights from Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Stuttgart to Doha with connections to cities across the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Business Class passengers enjoy the airline’s award-winning Five Star product, with comfort and service a hallmark of the airline’s hospitality. All passengers, regardless of class of travel, have access to an interactive inflight entertainment system offering more than 900 different audio and video options from around the world.

Notes to Editors

Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 award last summer, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport Terminal for the second consecutive year in 2012. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com

For further information

Qatar Airways Group Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 – 44302072, Fax: +974 – 44302069
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Web: www.qatarairways.com