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Doha: Qatar Tourism's Chief Operating Officer (COO), Berthold Trenkel, expressed his enthusiasm for the charter business, stating that it has proven to be“extremely attractive” for the tourism sector.
Trenkel made these comments during a recent panel discussion, highlighting the success of the initiative that was launched earlier this year.
“We've launched a new initiative, we've started the first few charter flights, and [the] charter business is extremely attractive because it brings travellers to spend one entire week in Doha and therefore spend again more money in the tourism sector,” said Trenkel.
“The first charter flights began in January this year, and we hope to expand the charter business in the coming months and during the winter season,” he added. In January, Qatar Tourism announced a charter flights initiative.
It unveiled plan to operate four commercial charter flights per week to and from two cities in Kazakhstan, in collaboration with FlyArystan. The partnership with Kazunion, one of Kazakhstan's largest tour operators, aimed to attract tourists seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and immersion in Qatar's vibrant culture. The charter flights ran from January to March this year.
The objective behind this move is to attract over six million international visitors per year by 2030, as part of Qatar Tourism's ambitious strategy. Kazakhstan is among the 15 target markets identified by Qatar Tourism as a primary source for tourists interested in exploring Doha's rich arts, culture, and retail offerings. The commercial charter flights from Kazakhstan to Qatar are part of a travel package deal offered by Kazunion, which includes flights and beachside accommodations.
Qatar Tourism's 2030 strategy sets various goals, including tripling the number of visitors to Qatar, increasing spending by three to four times, and growing the tourism sector's contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) to 12% by 2030. Recent data provided by Qatar Tourism demonstrates a significant increase in the number of international visitors since January compared to the previous year.
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