The National Tourism Council (NTC) and IFP Qatar are joining hands to launch the first tourism-focused conference in Qatar, which will be held on the sidelines of the annual Hospitality Qatar exhibition this week, on 6 – 8 November.

The Future of Tourism in Qatar’ will explore the challenges and opportunities that are shaping Qatar’s tourism sector, with focus on the elements that shape the Qatar visitor experience. NTC is curating a rich experience for attendees by delivering noteworthy content, speakers, and international exhibitors. Participants will also learn about strategies and technologies that will help them stay ahead of changes in the tourism market.

NTC is committed to working with sector partners to ensure that visitors to Qatar experience the full breadth of what the country has to offer, said Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at NTC. He said that they are proud to be part of the conference, to explore how to deliver authentic, unforgettable tourism experiences.

Earlier this week, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Decision No 74 of 2018 that established the National Tourism Council and cancels Qatar Tourism Authority. All functions of QTA shall now be allocated to the new council.

Supporting local conferences and exhibitions is in line with our efforts to empower event organisers and lay the groundwork for a thriving business events industry in Qatar, and we are excited to be working with IFP Qatar to deliver a new programme alongside the successful Hospitality Qatar.’

Award Winning Chefs at the Conference

Chef Dominique Ansel (Image by Thomas Schauer)
Chef Dominique Ansel (Image by Thomas Schauer)

Included in this year’s programme is pastry genius, Cronut® inventor James Beard and World’s Best Pastry Chef 2017 Dominique Ansel.

Chef Dominique will close the first day of the conference with a live cooking demonstration, offering the conference attendees a first-hand look into the art of his whimsical creations that drove visitors from all over the world to stand in line for hours at his bakery in New York upon its launch in 2011.

According to Chef Dominique, food for him is a great unifier. He said he’s excited to share a bit of what he does with the chefs and talents in Qatar, and to try some of the local flavours and ingredients.

IFP Acting General Manager Haidar Mshaimesh, said their partnership with NTC in co-organising the ‘Future of Tourism in Qatar’ conference  represents a significant step forward in terms of the event’s international reach and content.

While we’ve been working for the past three years to expand our reach with more country pavilions and international exhibitors, this year’s edition will witness a major development through this partnership and this conference.’

Now in its fourth edition, Hospitality Qatar is Qatar’s premier international hospitality and HORECA trade show. Held beginning today, until 8 November at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, the exhibition will connect hotel operators, HORECA suppliers, investors, and industry professionals from around the region.

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