Qatar Chamber on Thursday held a meeting with a Turkish delegation representing the Federation of Travel and Tourism Agencies in the Middle East headed by Hussain Arif Kark, with both parties discussing ways to promote co-operation in the field of tourism and investment.
Kark said the federation welcomes Qatari investments in the field of tourism in Turkey's Canakkale and other cities. He highlighted the promising opportunities for investment and the co-operation between both parties in the city, which is one of the biggest tourist spots in Turkey. He revealed the city has a population of 1mn people, with many European and Gulf tourists visiting every year. Last updated: February 15 2018 10:33 PM
Kark invited Qatari businessmen to attend the opening of the longest suspension bridge, spanning the Dardanelles Strait, which will be launched in mid-March.
Qatar Chamber Vice-Chairman Mohamed bin Ahmed bin Tawar al-Kuwari said the tourism field is one the important sectors to Qatar and Turkey.
He added that the bilateral relations in the field of tourism saw an important leap in recent years where the number of Qataris annually visiting Turkey increased from 600 visitors 15 years ago, to 46,000 visitors in the past year, 77 times more.
Al-Kuwari said the increase in the number of Qatari tourists in Turkey requires specialised companies in both countries to create new offers, products and destinations to enhance the turnout of Qatari tourists to Turkey.
He added that the tourism sector in Qatar is witnessing a continuous development, especially with the fast-approaching World Cup in 2022, which will open new prospects in the field of tourism as Qatar will be the centre of attention.
The Dardanelles Strait connects the Aegean Sea with the Marmara Sea, west of Turkey at a length of 61km.