The "Qatar Stopover" programme provided by Discover Qatar, the dedicated destination management company for the Qatar Airways Group, served more than 75,000 stopover customers in fiscal 2020, the national airline has said in a report.
Making use of the ‘visa-free entry’ for travellers from more than 80 countries, the Qatar Stopover programme provides Qatar Airways passengers with the chance to spend up to four nights in Qatar with attractive hotel prices.
“With contracts to four and five-star properties across Qatar, Discover Qatar offers customers exceptional value for their stay,” Qatar Airways Group said in its latest annual report.
Discover Qatar offers customers transiting for more than six hours the opportunity to explore the country through its transit tour programme, ranging from desert to city experiences.
With key markets including Northern, Southern and Western Europe, Russia and CIS, North America, Australia and Asia, over 100,000 passengers have enjoyed Discover Qatar services over the last financial year. This includes more than 120,000 tours and excursions and over 35,000 nights in hotel rooms.
Discover Qatar has contracts with more than 25 major tour operator partners promoting Doha as a destination in key global markets.
In addition, Discover Qatar provided access for over 2,500 tour operators and travel agencies globally to a booking portal where they can book “unique and unforgettable” experiences in Qatar.
Like many other destination management companies, Discover Qatar was “impacted” by Covid-19 in the final quarter of the 2019-20 financial year.
“As a measure to protect public health and in response to the government of Qatar’s suspension of inbound visitor travel to Qatar, Discover Qatar suspended all tours and excursions, including its stopover programme, until inbound visitor travel reopens. All cancelled bookings were refunded in full, without charge.
“During this time, Discover Qatar strengthened ties with major tour-operators and reinforced its market leadership in desert experiences through the development of a unique product and experiences suite that will enhance its Qatar Stopover programme,” Qatar Airways said.
According to the report, Discover Qatar experiences are offered to the world through their business-to-business portals and on their direct consumer platform, discoverqatar.qa.
The company provides a unique interface between global audiences and Qatar as a destination through its access to Qatar Airways’ communication and distribution channels. Discover Qatar offers services governed by the quality and safety standards of Qatar Airways.