Published on : Thursday, December 28, 2017
The Qatar tourism sector is expected to get a boost this winter season. Many sun-seeking tourists, from countries who experience harsh winter and who look for warmer climates are anticipated to head to Qatar this season. Several initiatives taken by the concerned authorities to encourage tourism have also made it easier for tourists to visit Qatar.
According to James De Silva, Sales and Holiday In-charge, NBK Travel and Tourism, “This winter will definitely be better than previous winters for Qatar tourism sector as many positive steps were taken by the concerned authorities this year. I am expecting more number of tourists coming to Qatar this season compared to previous years. I have received many queries from groups from Czech Republic and Russia.”
“Qatar is a very good destination for tourists from countries that are currently under the grip of harsh winter. Beautiful beaches, traditional places and activities like desert safari which will make their trip memorable,” he added.
Tourism will also get a major boost due to the aggressive expansion by Qatar Airways which has connected many cities in Europe and other continents to Doha. The national carrier of Qatar currently operates 42 flights from Italy, 15 flights from Russia, seven flights from the Czech Republic and seven flights from Ukraine per week. The award-winning airline had launched direct flights to Russia’s St. Petersburg recently.
In August this year, Ministry of Interior, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways allowed nationals from more than 80 countries visa-free entry to the country making it the most open country in the region. Citizens of these 80 countries who wish to visit Qatar will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa; as an alternative, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.
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