Cruise tourism on the rise in Qatar

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) announced that it has joined hands with the German cruise liner, TUI Cruises, through which around 17,500 visitors will come to Qatar during the 2017/18 season.

The agreement between QTA and TUI Cruises comes as a result of discussions started at the Seatrade Europe Forum held in Hamburg in 2015 and puts Qatar on track to achieve its target of 250,000 visitors on board cruise ships in 2019.

Due to this agreement, it has been revealed that seven cruise ships will enter the country.

The Qatar Ports Management Company – ‘Mwani Qatar’ has confirmed the berthing schedule for the cruise ships.

QTA is working closely with Mwani Qatar to expand the various elements of the country’s cruise industry, in particular, Doha Port, which will be undergoing redevelopment in the coming months to transform it into a full-time cruise terminal and tourist attraction.

Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at QTA said, “Qatar is set to receive between 35-40 ships in the upcoming 2016/2017 cruise season, bringing in an expected 55,000 passengers. This provides new and untapped investment opportunities for businesses to develop tourism products and services that cater to cruise visitors.”

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