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Qatar Airways Announces Qatar National Bank As Platinum Sponsor For Upcoming Travel Summit

DOHA — Qatar Airways has announced Qatar National Bank as a Platinum Sponsor of the Fourth Global Travel and Tourism Summit, taking place in Doha from May 1-3 2004.

Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer Mr. Akbar Al Baker and General Manager Corporate Banking and Capital Markets, Mr. Vincent Cook signed the sponsorship agreement at a press conference today.

“I am very pleased to announce Qatar National Bank as one of our Platinum Sponsors of the Fourth Global Travel and Tourism Summit,” said Mr Al Baker.

“The Global Travel and Tourism Summit will attract 700 top executives and chairmen of prominent travel and tourism companies from around the world, ministers from more than 30 countries, and a media contingent of 150 journalists.

“It is a very important event, and only the fourth of the kind to be held worldwide. As such, it is a privilege for Qatar Airways to have been invited to be the host of this year’s conference.

“The support and sponsorship from Qatar National Bank for this important occasion will add greatly to the prestige of the summit and contribute the success of this world-class event.

“With its forty years of experience of banking in Qatar, as well as abroad, Qatar National Bank is a strong partner to have on our side during this leading event for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.

“The partnership between Qatar Airways and Qatar National Bank in this event, will helps us to showcase Doha as an ideal location for major international events,” said Mr Al Baker.

The 4th Global Travel and Tourism Summit will commence on Saturday May 1, and has confirmed participation of industry leaders such as Easyjet’s founder Stelio Haji-Ioannou, Tui’s Chairman Dr Michael Frenzel, the Intercontinental’s Chief Executive Richard North, the BBC’s Nik Gowing, McKinsey’s Managing Director Ian Davis, and IATA’s Chief Executive Officer Giovanni Bisignani among others.

The agenda will address current economic trends in the industry, world health issues, new management styles, and investment opportunities. Sessions on how the media influences consumers, the ‘seamless travel experience’, new destinations and new markets.

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


Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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