Doha, QATAR – Leading travel agents from across India were guests of Qatar Airways during a familiarisation trip to Qatar as part of a tour that later took them to one of their best-selling destinations in Europe.
The visit to the Arabian Gulf State and Italy was organised by Qatar Airways and India’s oldest tour operator Cox & Kings which, this year, is celebrating its 247th year in business.
The group of 27 agents, from Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore, were given a glimpse of Qatar’s tourist attractions, which included a desert safari to the sand dunes and inland sea, south of the capital, Doha.
Specially chosen because of their top-selling performance with Cox & Kings, the agents were also given presentations on the award-winning services of Qatar Airways by the airline’s business development manager Greg Epps, and Lyndon Mendonca, controller of the national carrier’s inbound division, Discover Qatar.
Qatar Tourism Authority also gave a presentation on the future of the country’s burgeoning tourism industry during a seminar held at the Ramada Hotel.
“India is one of Qatar Airways’ key markets, both for inbound and outbound business,” said Epps.
“We have been busy expanding our operations across India over the past few months with the opening of new destinations and additional flights to give customers a wider choice of travel options.
“India is enjoying an economic boom and Qatar Airways is pleased to be able to share in this tremendous growth by working closely with our travel trade partners across India to facilitate the surge in outbound travel.”
Qatar Airways currently operates 30 scheduled flights a week between Doha and five cities across India – Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Trivandrum and Hyderabad. During the summer, the airline significantly increased capacity to India with 11 additional weekly flights, which included the newly-introduced destination of the capital Delhi. The airline also operates a freighter service between Doha and Chennai.
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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