Arrival of cruise ships to boost Qatar tourism

Published on : Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Qatar tourismIt has been estimated that over 50,000 tourists would be arriving in Qatar during the 2016 to 2017 season aboard 32 ships, giving a good boost to the tourism industry of the country.


QTA or Qatar Tourism Authority has declared that they were getting ready to welcome an increased number of tourists in the season that would commence during October and conclude next year in April. A spokesperson of QTA said that the rise in the number of tourists entering the country would provide a golden opportunity to the country’s tourism industry.


In order to offer new services and products to cruise travellers, QTA has started coordinating with shipping agents, tour operators, General Customs Authority,  the Ministry of Interior’s Immigration Office as well as Mwani Qatar – Qatar Ports Management Company.


The spokesperson said that the aim of QTA is to offer the optimum tourism experience to travellers in terms of tour operations, infrastructure and visa processes by working along with their partners.


He also said that the number of cruise ships entering the country has actually tripled. Therefore the number of passengers has risen by over 1000% from the last season. The cruise ships that measured within 250 metres would be docked at the Doha Port and this port is presently undergoing development for becoming a major cruise terminal.


The cruise ships measuring over 250 metres, including the MSC Fantasia (333 metres) would be docked at Hamad Port. The 2015 to 2016 season concluded during the month of May when Seabourn Sojourn was berthed in Doha. The American MV Seabourn Sojourn, German MS Artania and the Japanese ‘Peace Ship’ were the three of the ships that made voyages to Qatar.


Over 4,000 tourist visas had been issued to cruise travellers throughout the year. The Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 has predicted Qatar to be a crucial area in the following years, in terms of being a top cruise destination.



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