ITB Asia, the annual business-to-business travel trade show and convention, conducted at Suntec Singapore International Convention Exhibition Centre from October 23 to 25 is the largest travel show in Asia.
Major developments in Qatar’s tourism infrastructure were summarised at the event. QTA showed Qatar as a unique and leading MICE destination. Qatar, a growing business hub is well placed to take advantage of the MICE market in the region. Asia is the major source of international tourists for the country compared to all other regions outside Gulf. Asian tourists to the country increased by approximately 14% during the second quarter of 2013 over the same period last year.
“Asia is a significant tourism market for us; it represents Qatars second largest source market for tourists behind the GCC region. We believe Asia provides substantial opportunities for further growth,” said Hamad Al Abdan, Director of Exhibitions at QTA.
“With culture, heritage, sight-seeing and leisure on the agendas of travelers, Qatar is an ideal destination; while for business travelers, through its superior MICE offerings, Qatar is a leading high-end destination, situated centrally between Europe and Asia,” added Al Abdan.
ITB Asia Show attracted around 8,500 trade delegates. Most of the persons who attended the show were from Asia.
In addition to QTA, the Qatari delegation also included the Ministry of Culture, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) and Katara. Sharq Village & Spa, La Cigale Hotel, Best Western Hotel, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels Doha, Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, and Intercontinental Doha The City also joined the exhibition.