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Qatar set to host mega global events next year

Qatar set to host mega global events next year

Satyendra Pathak
Doha
Qatar is all set to host various high-profile international conferences for the first time in the Middle East region next year, a senior official of Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has said.
“Doha will host the tenth edition of the All Together Better Health (ATBH) conference in 2020, bringing the biennial event to the Middle East for the first time,” Ahmed al Obaidli of QNTC told Qatar Tribune.
The conference is expected to gather more than 500 health and social care professionals, medical educators, policy makers, students as well as health service users from around the globe for a three-day programme which addresses global health challenges against the backdrop of Qatar’s state-of-the-art education and health facilities.
Obaidli said that Qatar has been chosen to host high-profile 2020 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Forum, an event owned by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).
Considered to be a key platform for addressing how MSMEs can be empowered as the global workplace transforms, he said, the forum is expected to attract many delegates to Qatar.
Another major event to be hosted by Doha is the annual congress of Union Internationale des Concierges d’Hotels (UICH) in 2021, he said.
The 67th edition of the annual event is expected to gather thousands of members of the hospitality sector for a six-day programme which combines professional development, networking and social activities.
“All these new events present a great opportunity for us to unlock the keys to exceptional guest services as well as showcasing Qatar’s tourism and hospitality assets,” he said.
Besides these events, Obaidli said, Qatar will continue to host most of the major events that the country has been organising over the years.
Qatar welcomed 588,072 visitors in the first quarter of 2019, representing a 10 percent increase compared to the same quarter in 2018.
Visitor arrivals peaked in March with over 200,000 visitors, the highest monthly total arrivals since the beginning of the blockade.
Obaidli said the rise in number of tourists could be attributed to a range of events which occurred in the first half of this year.
While several events like the opening of National Museum of Qatar, the launch of the retail quarter of Katara Cultural Village, and 10th edition of the Qatar International Food Festival were organised in the first half of this year, Obaidli said the upcoming events like Cityscape, Index Qatar, Hospitality Qatar, IPEC Qatar this year will attract many more visitors to Qatar.
“As many as 137 events and conferences were organised in 2018 in Qatar and we expect the number to rise this year,” he said.
The number of international business events to be organised in Qatar would continue to rise over the next three years, he said.
“The business events sector is an important pillar of QNTC’s wider strategy to develop tourism in Qatar. We value the contribution of business event organisers in attracting both international and regional business players to the country. We look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to the upcoming events,” Obaidli said.

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