Qatar’s hospitality sector, like the wider tourism industry here, has proven to be extremely resilient, according to Qatar Tourism’s Christoph Hodapp on the occasion of Hospitality Qatar, which will be held from November 8 to 11 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).
“At Qatar Tourism, we remain committed to working with our stakeholders to offer authentic experiences to visitors – rooted in the country’s tradition of hospitality. We are proud to support events, such as Hospitality Qatar, where sector partners come together to share best practices and innovations in the field. The business events sector introduces new audiences to Qatar, facilitating investment and showcasing the breadth of our offerings,” Hodapp said.
This was reiterated by Haidar Mshaimesh, general manager of IFP Qatar, at a press conference yesterday, saying “the confidence is there; the resilience is there. The hospitality sector has what it takes to overcome the impact of the pandemic.”
“Amid the deadlines to be delivered before Qatar hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the country also has its 2030 National Vision, which sets many targets,” Mshaimesh said, citing Qatar Tourism's global campaign to attract “6mn tourists by 2030.”
He said, “These ambitions give participants and stakeholders of Hospitality Qatar the opportunity to grow the sector and to also develop it further. It is also an indicator that Qatar’s hospitality sector is the fastest growing industry in the country.”
Italian ambassador Alessandro Prunas added: “Hotels and restaurants in Qatar have become busier and busier, which is an indication that the sector is getting back to normal or has gone back to normal and is actually growing even further.”
Turkish ambassador in Doha Dr Mustafa Goksu underscored Qatar and Turkey's robust relations, saying Turkey is keen to support Qatar in its bid to position itself as a leading destination in the hospitality industry, which has witnessed steady growth amid the challenges of Covid-19.
Hospitality Qatar 2021 offers a rich blend of exhibition, conference, training workshops, an awards ceremony, various competitions, and live performances to promote the hospitality, tourism, and food sectors.
The ‘Destination Pavilion’ sponsored by Qatar Airways, will once again be key feature at the event. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker, said: “For the second year in a row, Qatar Airways is sponsoring the Destination Pavilion in Hospitality Qatar. This year, the pavilion will be larger than before to accommodate 22 different tourist destinations where Qatar Airways operates flights. As the world reopens to travel, we encourage everyone to visit the pavilion and get inspired for their next destinations.”
Participating for the first time, delivery mobile app, talabat, is this year's ‘Food Tech Partner’. Francisco Miguel De Sousa, managing director of talabat Qatar, said: “talabat will feature the ‘tala-bot’ autonomous delivery vehicle and will present the Food Tech conference. We are also thrilled to present, for the first time, the Restaurants Choice Awards, in which talabat will pick the customers favourite restaurants. This event fits within talabat’s engagement in supporting the hospitality sector in Qatar and helping it flourish.”
During the first two days of the exhibition, Corona International Company will organise a free barista training for café workers in Doha followed by an international competition with the participation of international experts recruited from outside Qatar. Boecker, a global leader in health and safety, will also hold a free food safety training and the Qatar Clean Programme for workers in Doha hotels and restaurants. Participants will receive certificates accredited by the CPD Foundation in London after completion of the training.
In addition to the business programmes and industry training, culinary lovers will be able to enjoy live cooking shows throughout the four days which feature the best chefs in Qatar as they present innovative recipes for various cuisines.
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