Qatar Airways' Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, has announced that he will be revealing a new tourism plan for Qatar during the 4th Global Travel & Tourism Summit, to be held in Doha next year.
The announcement was made on Monday during London's World Travel Market at an event to launch the annual conference of influential tourism body the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Mr. Al Baker was part of a panel of industry leaders who spoke of the need for greater collaboration between government and industry in order to foster sustainable growth and greater security for the travelling public. The debate offered an insight into the discussions that will take place during the Summit when it is held in Qatar's capital from 1-3 May 2004.
Mr. Al Baker commented: "In Qatar, tourism is the second industry behind natural resources. At the Summit, we will unveil a grand plan for tourism in Qatar. Everyone has sun, sea and sand. We are differentiating ourselves by selling our culture. In addition, safety and security is a selling point. In my country the crime rate is zero".
The panel discussion was chaired by television journalist Gwenan Edwards and covered issues ranging from emerging markets and the implications of the latest technology to the impact of government policy on safety and security. The panellists were:
- Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways
- Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President, World Travel & Tourism Council
- Luis Correia da Silva, Minister for Tourism, Portugal
- Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, NBC's Today Programme
- Lalit Suri, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Hotels and Member of Parliament, India
The WTTC represents 100 of the world's foremost tourism and travel companies, including major airlines, hotel chains and tour operators. Among them are TUI, American Express, Thomas Cook, Universal Media and Starwood Hotels.
Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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