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NEW DELHI, India – Qatar Airways participated in the Incredible India Tourism Investors’ Summit 2016 (IITIS) to reaffirm its commitment towards India’s tourism market.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, was part of a CEO panel brought together to discuss ways to create and enable an environment for investment in the tourism sector and to over-come any obstacles to growth. The panel began with keynote addresses from Mr. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Mr. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion – Government of India. Also present at the panel alongside H.E. Mr. Al Baker among other noted industry experts were Mr. Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO of Invest India, Ms. Priya Paul, Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd and Mr. Arun Nanda, Chairman CII Tourism & Hospitality Committee & Chairman Club Mahindra.

H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, having tremendous business opportunities and huge potential, making it a significant market for Qatar Airways. The country continues to show economic strong growth and an increasing demand for air-travel to and from all corners of the globe. The aviation industry contributes significantly to India’s prosperous tourism sector and more liberal air service access is required for the tourism industry to develop even further.”

“As a significant contributor to this ongoing development Qatar Airways will remain committed to providing award-winning service, superior on-board products and seamless connections to our expansive network. We currently operate from 13 of India’s cities with more than 100 weekly flights, and offer a premium travel experience with our warm hospitality, world-class service, exclusively tailored to meet travellers’ needs.”

IITIS is a platform for investors across the globe to explore investment opportunities available within India's tourism sector as well as core supporting infrastructure. It also serves as a constructive forum for local investors to identify opportunities for technical collaboration and global partnerships. Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, was the only gulf carrier that participated in IITIS 2016 highlighting an unprecedented level of commitment to, and belief in, India’s tourism market.

During the event, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker greeted the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Arun Jaitley, and also met with the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, building upon the strong ties that already exist between Qatar Airways and India.

Qatar Airways operations to India cover daily services to Doha from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Chennai and Bengaluru, together with 11-flights-a-week from Cochin and double daily flights from Delhi.

Qatar Airways introduced 13 new destinations to its global network during fiscal 2016 further expanding the airline’s route network to more than 150 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

Qatar Airways plans to launch several new destinations like Helsinki, Seychelles, Nice and Auckland in the coming months, with services to Pisa, Adelaide, Yerevan and Atlanta having already started this year.

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About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 190 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ inflight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 189 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 10 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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