Posted on November 29, 2018

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) is exhibiting alongside nine partners at IBTM World Barcelona. At the trade event which ran from 27 to 29 November, the Qatar delegation showcased the country's full range of hotels, DMCs, event management companies, and state-of-the-art venues that make for an attractive business events destination in the region.

NTC held a networking session for selected international buyers and another for Spanish buyers, inviting them to learn more about Qatar’s unique tourism products and services which make for memorable and authentic experiences. In a bid to build more industry ties, NTC and partner delegates from Qatar also attended match-making sessions with relevant industry representatives from across the world. Ahmed Al Obaidli, NTC official commented, “Under our new identity as NTC we continue to work with our partners from public and private sectors to develop the business events sector as part of our strategy to develop the tourism sector." He added, "IBTM World Barcelona is an important platform for us to continue delivering on our plans to enhance the end-to-end Qatar visitor experience.”

Qatar has taken numerous steps to ease visitor access to Qatar such as refining electronic visa systems, improving immigration processes at ports of entry and introducing visa-free entry to citizens and nationals of more than 80 countries. As a result of these initiatives, the UNWTO recently ranked Qatar the 8th most open country in the world and the most open country in the Middle East. The country's openness - among other factors - has helped Qatar win a number of bids to host major international events such as the Les Clefs d'Or (UICH) Congress in 2021, All Together Better Health (ATBH) 2020 International Conference, and the 2020 Regional Conference for International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN), to name a few.

Qatar is a rapidly-growing hub for education, sport, research, healthcare and energy. With Qatar Foundation’s Education City hosting branch campuses of eight international universities, and the cutting-edge Qatar Science & Technology Park, the country offers eye-opening experiences for conference attendees of any background, both inside and beyond the walls of its venues. Business visitors also benefit from unique cultural experiences through iconic landmarks such as the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village, the vibrant marketplace Souq Waqif and the recently launched Al Enna Project, which aims to enhance the overall desert and camping experience at Sealine Beach. The project entails major expansion and enhancements with the end goal of accommodating up to 15,000 people.

The following partners exhibited at the Qatar Business Events stand (J60):

  1. Marriot Marquis City Center Doha Hotel
  2. Sharq Village and Spa
  3. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel
  4. The Ritz-Carlton Doha
  5. The St. Regis Doha
  6. Arabian Adventures
  7. First Travel & Tourism
  8. Qatar International Adventures
  9. Doha Exhibition and Convention Center

On Stand Events:

  • Tuesday Nov 27 @ 13:00 – 14:00: Networking Lunch for 25-30 hosted buyers
  • Wednesday Nov 28 @ 15:00 – 16:00: Coffee Reception for 10-15 Spanish buyers.