Posted on November 03, 2019

NextFairs Events has announced that the inaugural edition of Qatar Travel Mart 2020 will be held in November 2020 at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC). The event strengthens Qatar National Tourism Council’s Strategy 2030, which works to develop greater diversification of visitor source markets and tourism products and services.

Qatar Travel Mart 2020 will offer a unique platform for leaders in the tourism and travel sectors and potential suppliers to discuss the current tourism trends and develop strategies to boost this sector. Exhibitors of this event will include key government and public sector authorities, travel and tourism professionals, museums, companies from the entertainment and luxury industry, educational tourism institutions, marketing companies, retail destinations, tour operators, travel agents, and event organisers amongst others.

Speaking about the upcoming exhibition, Mr. Rawad Sleem, Managing Director of Nextfairs, said: “We are proud to bring this essential event to Qatar. It enables key decision-makers, industry professionals, and vendors to develop reasons for people to visit Qatar and expand the calendar of year-round tourism festivals and events. It is set to be a great opportunity for all involved. The event will introduce new destinations and projects, enable participants to find partners that can facilitate new travel offerings, and showcase best practices to strengthen Qatar’s tourism development.”

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Qatar Travel Mart 2020 is set to be an important platform to learn more about the current status of Qatar’s tourism sector, and the country’s plans for the next five years. Providing an excellent networking opportunity, QTM 2020 enables vendors to meet with travel and tourism’s decision makers to secure exclusive deals and boost business growth. As a destination that promotes Qatar’s tourism facilities to a wider audience, QTM 2020 will put Qatar on the international tourism map — and open new doors for companies which are seeking to provide its services to this vital sector.

The event will feature a conference, seminars, and workshops that enable industry professionals to stay abreast of the latest news and updates from luxury travel destinations, real estate development projects, sports, MICE, cultural, leisure events, and medical tourism. Pertinent topics will include the development of sports tourism and marketing, managing tourism brands online, accessible tourism, and human capital development.

According to a study prepared by Nextfairs, the tourism sector will contribute QAR 133.5 billion towards Qatar’s GDP and create more than 284,000 jobs in 2028. While gross value of investments in 2028 will reach QAR 14.5 billion in different sectors of tourism. Since 2014, Qatar’s tourism sector has grown and matured rapidly and is primed for a further upward trajectory. International tourist visits in Qatar are expected to grow at a five-year rate of 5% to 2.9 m, and hotel supply is expected to grow at a five-year rate of 12.8% to offer 46,000 hotel rooms in 2023.

The event supports Qatar’s recent significant cultural and retail investments and developments, which include the construction of the National Museum of Qatar and Msheireb Downtown Doha, along with major infrastructure developments, which includes the recently opened Doha Metro which connects visitors to major landmarks and Doha Port. The QAR 2 billion project to redevelop Doha Port which began in 2019 is set to welcome 300,000 cruise visitors in the 2019/2020 season.