Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Germany’s DER Touristik Deutschland have signed a partnership agreement to further boost awareness on Qatar as a tourism destination, and attract more visitors “to the most open country in the region.”
The agreement comes following a 22% year-on-year growth in German visitors to Qatar in 2017. Qatar Airways operates 35 weekly flights connecting Doha to the German cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich.
Qatar is a six-hour flight from Germany, making it an attractive stopover destination for travellers heading farther east, while also providing numerous options for extended weekend stays.
As part of the partnership, DER Touristik will expand the portfolio of its tour operator brands Dertour and Meier’s Weltreisen Qatar offers for the 2018-2019 winter season. The existing day trip offer is being complemented by multi-day tours and accommodation options on offer will increase to include a total of 14 hotels, according to QTA.
QTA chief marketing and promotion officer Rashed al-Qurese said, “We are delighted to collaborate with a strong partner like DER Touristik, which appreciates the full potential of Qatar as a destination, and is keen to share Qatar’s story with one of our biggest visitor source markets in Europe.
“This partnership comes to complement our various existing promotional activities aimed at attracting more German visitors to Qatar.”
Qatar’s tourism infrastructure is expected to receive a major boost in 2019 when the first phase of Doha’s new metro system comes online and the much-anticipated National Museum of Qatar opens its doors to the public, QTA said.
DER Touristik Deutschland managing director Matthias Rotter said: “Qatar is an exciting emerging destination that can be comfortably and easily accessed from many hubs across Germany.
“Its importance will increase significantly in the coming years and the country’s government is matching this expected growth with a concerted effort to make the visitor’s experience a smooth and seamless one.”
Thanks to recent visa facilitation measures, Qatar has waived visa-upon-arrival requirements for German citizens, granting them free access to the country and allowing them to spend up to 90 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips, QTA added.