Qatar Travel Mart 2021 closes with spectacular results leading to launch of second edition in year 2022

Doha, Qatar – November 20, 2021: Qatar Travel Mart (QTM) 2021, organised by NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences, closed with remarkable results of dramatic numbers of business leads and deals generated and record-breaking footfall.

QTM was honoured to have the presence of H.E. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, the Minister of Municipality, and H.E Sheikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, the Managing Director of Qetaifan Projects to visit the show. Both voiced their support for such a great effort to boost Qatar Tourism in the full spotlight of international partners, exhibitors and countries attending the first edition of the show and were delighted to see the huge number of visitors present from all over the world.

The first of its kind event, was under the Patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani and inaugurated by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Qassim Al-Abdullah Al-Thani with a ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting ceremony was also attended by the Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, the Co-Founder and General Manager of NeXTfairs, Mr. Rawad Sleem, Vice Chairman of Al Hattab Holding, Mr. Abdulaziz Saad Al Kaabi, and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality, Mr. Andrew Humphries. Attended by more than 70 prominent VIPS including representatives of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group, Discover Qatar & Qatar Holidays, Katara Hospitality, Qatar Aviation Authority, Qatar Free Zone Authority and Ashghal as well as 18 country Ambassadors and representatives from Germany, Tanzania, Spain, Korea, Egypt, Mexico, Tajikistan, Thailand, Japan, Dominican Republic, Republic of Haiti, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Italy, India, Indonesia, Rwanda, Azerbaijan. Also attending were representatives of Qatar Aeronautical Academy, Marriott International, AMFORHT, AlFardan Group, and Abuissa Group.

QTM 2021 attracted the full support of numerous industry sponsors and partners. Founding Partner is Katara Hospitality, Qatar Tourism the Strategic Partner, Qatar Airways Holidays the Founding Leisure Partner, along with Discover Qatar.  The Supreme Committee is the Founding Sports Partner, Qatar Airways the Official Airline and Mowasalat the Official Transport Partner. Amadeus is the event’s Technology Partner, Retaj Hotels & Hospitality the Gold Sponsor and Gulf Adventures and Elite Motors are Silver Sponsors.  Association Partners include The World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training (AMFORHT), World Leisure Organisation (WLO), and World Tourism Association for Culture & Heritage (WTACH).

The highlight of the inaugural edition of QTM 2021 were the hugely popular talks and panel discussions in the event’s high-profile three-day Conference, covering topics such as what the future holds for travel and tourism. Industry experts shared their experience to give the visitors insights and knowledge about upcoming trends in travel and tourism. The great line up of high-profile travel & tourism experts from around the world as speakers included His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker- Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, , Ahmad Musa Al Namla,- Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Museums, Nigel Fell – President & CEO of The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH), Philippe Francois – President of the World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training (AMFORHT), Dr Cristina Ortega Nuere – Chief Scientific and COO of the World Leisure Organization, Florian Sengstschmid – CEO of Azerbaijan Tourism Board,  Emad Abu Jalala – CEO Gulf Adventures, Dr Ivan Ninov – Executive Dean of Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU), Sergey Sukhanov – CEO of Corporation Tourism, RF, JSC, Nuno Anahory – Chairman of Forum Portugal Qatar, Dr Sunny – Managing Director of Maldives Halal Travel Guide, Nick Wilkinson – Regional Vice President of the Norwegian Cruise Line, in addition to other keynote speakers.

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