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Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013
National Sports Festival week will see Qatar Olympic Committee, Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Airways, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF), and Qatar’s various hospitality industry stakeholders join forces to boost the nation as a first-rate sporting destination.
His Excellency, Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), made the declaration at the start of a workshop held in conjunction with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA). Now approaching its third year, Qatar’s National Sport day is held on the second Tuesday of February and will now mark the culmination of a week-long sporting extravaganza.
Highlighting that Qatar already hosts around 40 annual international sports events annually, Sheikh Saoud said, “The National Sports Festival signifies the unification of Qatar Olympic Committee and Qatar Tourism Authority ‘s efforts to successfully promote and market Qatar as a sports tourism destination by catering to international and regional fans through all-inclusive promotional packages.”
His Excellency Mr. Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority, “When sport and tourism come together, we have a better chance at success, Qatar’s government has invested heavily in a world-class state-of-the-art sports infrastructure, notably the Aspire Zone. Our goal now is to work at joining our efforts to optimize the use of such infrastructure to boost Qatar as a sports tourism destination.”
Tourism packages are intend to include airline flights, tourist visas, hotel bookings, entry tickets to sporting events and touristic excursions. With the announcement of National Sports Festival week, Qatar’s growing reputation as a leader in sports is destined to continue building on its current success. Last year, Qatar won seven World Travel Awards, with AZF claiming the title of the world’s Leading Sports Tourism Development.
Abdulaziz Al Mahmoud, Director General for Aspire Logistics, a member organization of AZF, said, “Last year’s award and our future plans are testament to Aspire Zone Foundation’s commitment to making Qatar a new global sporting destination aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030, and we illustrate this through our various activities and events, including the Aspire4Sport Conference currently underway in Doha.”