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State Of Qatar First Middle East Country To Host World Tourism Day 2005

The State of Qatar will proudly host this year’s World Tourism Day on the 27th of September. Celebrations will include Qatar’s first National Tourism Conference and a series of accompanying events, announced Qatar Tourism Authority.

Qatar will take this opportunity to evaluate its remarkable achievements in establishing itself as a tourism destination and important player in international travel. At the same time it will commence a new era of public-private partnership in tourism, especially in light of ambitious plans for the forthcoming period, including infrastructure associated with the new airport and organization of events such as the Asian Games in 2006.

World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated worldwide every 27th September. The World Tourism Organization (WTO) General Assembly at its 15th session in Beijing, China (2003), designated Qatar to be the first WTD host country in the Middle East.

“It (WTD) will be a day of a special importance for our country,” said The Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

The theme of this year’s WTD is “Travel and Transport: From the Imagination of Jules Verne to 21st Century Reality”.

Speakers at the National Tourism Conference will include the WTO Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli and representatives of Qatar’s hotel industry, travel agencies and other segments. “We expect an enriching conference, which will facilitate an important dialogue between the private and the public sectors.” Main partner of the event will be Qatar Airways.

Several accompanying events will highlight the importance of tourism among the local population. “We shall convey a clear message that tourism, if developed and managed in a sustainable manner will benefit our culture, environment, economy and enhance the positive image of Qatar in the world,” the QTA Chairman H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker underscored.

Organized by the World Tourism Organization, a United Nations specialised agency for tourism based in Madrid, Spain, WTD is an international day meant to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.


About World Tourism Day
The mission of World Tourism Day (WTD) is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. WTD is commemorated under different themes on 27 September each year since 1980 by appropriate events on themes selected by the WTO General Assembly. The World Tourism Organization is the leading international tourism body and a specialised agency of the United Nations with a seat in Madrid, Spain. Its membership is comprised of 146 Member States, seven Associate Members and more than 300 Affiliate Members representing the private sector. For more information visit:
www.world-tourism.org/wtd/eng/menu.html or www.world-tourism.org

About Qatar and Qatar Tourism Authority
Qatar is situated in the “Heart of the Arabian Gulf” which not only describes its geographical location but also the importance given to the country’s Arabian culture, heritage and warm hospitality. The holiday maker, business traveller and resident alike, enjoy Qatar’s year round sunshine, diversity of activities, friendly people and relaxing atmosphere.

The ‘Qatar experience’ is a unique blend of adventure, leisure and Arabian tradition, from desert dune driving to exciting water sports, from fascinating museums to traditional markets. Qatar offers world-class hotels, restaurants and spa facilities and activities for all the family in a safe and secure environment.

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) actively markets Qatar’s tourism product regionally and internationally through an integrated programme of promotions and publicity activities. This includes exhibition participation, roadshows, familiarisation visits, collateral production and distribution, media relations and active industry support programmes.

QTA continues to attract investment, develop strategic tourism assets, and work with tourism businesses to see the industry mature while preserving Qatari culture and traditions.

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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