Qatar Travel Mart (QTM 2020), the first of its kind exhibition in Qatar to promote both inbound and outbound tourism, will have its inaugural edition in November 2020 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).

QTM 2020 has received the patronage and support of HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior. With the theme ‘Discover People, Place and Culture’, the event is expected to strengthen Qatar’s travel and tourism sector and reinforce business and investment opportunities in tourism products and services. QTM 2020 will bring in key government and public sector authorities, domestic and foreign tourism entities, travel and tourism professionals providing a platform for mutual relations to enhance tourism resources and cultures.


QTM 2020 is poised to meet the unprecedented growth in tourism in Qatar and will provide a platform to create business opportunities for industry professionals and buyers in the tourism and travel sectors. Qatar government has come up with various measures to boost tourism, including visa-free entry for citizens of over 80 countries. As per an announcement by the World Tourism Organization, Qatar has now become the most open country in the Middle East and the 8th most open in the world, in terms of visa facilitation.

Qatar is also one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations among the major cities worldwide with massive growth expected in the next few years. As per the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030, Qatar is targeting 5.6 million international tourist arrivals by 2023. Investment in the tourism sector is expected to go up to USD4 billion by 2028, with the share of the tourism sector in GDP to reach USD36.57 billion. The tourism and hospitality sector is also expected to grow, keeping with the FIFA guidelines to have 60,000 hotel rooms by 2022.

Multi-format events organiser NeXTfairs spearheads QTM 2020. NeXTfairs VP Abdel Aziz Al Kaabi said:

We are proud to hold this exhibition under the Patronage of HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior, and that reiterates the government support to the tourism sector as one of the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030 to diversify the economy. Qatar Travel Mart 2020 will boost Qatar’s position on the international tourism map and make a major tourist destination in the region.’

QTM 2020 will also feature the latest in travel and tourism technology and hospitality automation, with global travel industry experts showcasing innovative and up-to-date technology. QTM 2020 will be introducing new technology providers into the budding travel and tourism industry in Qatar.

Another highlight of QTM 2020 is the Hosted Buyer Program, which will be attended by professional buyers and purchasers including top-level, senior executives and decision-makers from a variety of companies and industries. The programme gives exhibitors and attendees the opportunity to meet international purchasers from Asia, Europe, Russia, Far East and Latin America face-to-face.

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