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QTA: Fun-filled festivals planned for Eid

QTA: Fun-filled festivals planned for Eid

So most of your colleagues and friends will be flying this Eid break, while you have nowhere to go? Don’t be disappointed. Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is launching “Eid Festivals” with a plan to entertain all those of you staying back, as well as attract visitors to the country to partake in the Eid celebrations.

The Eid Al Fitr festival begins on the first day of the Eid and runs for 10 days in malls, but the rest of the activities elsewhere will continue till 15 September. Meanwhile the Eid Al Adha festival will run only for 10 days beginning from the first day of the Eid.

The festivals include a host of edutainment activities, world-class shows and exciting international performances taking place throughout Doha and Al Khor.

A detailed programme will be announced in the next few weeks, but some of the things that you can expect are: air sports activities organised by Qatar Air Sports Committee (QASC), air touring in helicopters in collaboration with Gulf Helicopters, field trips to Al Maha Sanctuary and the Sheikh Faisal Al Thani museum.

Abdullah Al Badr, Director of Tourism at QTA added, “What makes this year’s Eid Festivals special, is the participation of the private sector who are organising activities such as kayaking/canoeing, wakeboarding, sailing lessons, and workshops for parasailing, scuba diving and sky diving.”

Boost in tourism

With the launch of Eid Festivals, QTA aims to promote Qatar as the perfect destination for business, leisure, culture, education and sports for tourists and residents alike. “There is now much more to see and do in Qatar than ever before,” said Issa Al Mohannadi, Chairman, QTA. “It is our task to offer residents and tourists a wide range of events and attractions, in addition to positioning Qatar as a world class tourism hub. This will be followed by additional stages to execute the Qatar National Vision 2030 strategy related to tourism, as well as QTA’s new strategy to develop the country’s tourism industry, and encourage the workforce in fuelling the engine of national tourism.”

In May, QTA also launched its new website which is again in line with their vision to promote Qatar as an entertainment hub. The new website has been designed to make it user-friendly and dynamic, and offers updated and comprehensive information on attractions, hotels, holiday packages, sight seeing and other entertainment facilities.

The following official figures from QTA reflect a positive growth in Qatar’s tourism:

  • There was a 13% increase in the number of tourists from GCC countries and a 10% increase in the number of international tourists in 2012.
  • The occupancy rate of 81 hotels in the country that offered a total of 13,407 rooms was 60% in 2012.
  • The first quarter of 2013 has already witnessed an increase to 68% in the occupancy rate despite an increase in the number of hotels in Qatar. Comparing the month of May with same period last year, the occupancy rate has increased around 16%.
  • Tourism revenue from all 4-star and 5-star hotels amounted to QR3.168 billion last year.

Would the Eid Festivals further boost tourism figures? What do you think?

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