Qatar National Tourism Council to host two buyer events to showcase country’s varied tourism offerings

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) will be exhibiting alongside nine partners at IBTM World Barcelona. At the trade event being held between 27 and 29 November, showcasing the country’s full range of hotels, DMCs, event management companies, and state-of-the-art venues that make for an attractive business events destination in the region.


QNTC – formerly known as Qatar Tourism Authority – will hold a networking session for selected international buyers and another for Spanish buyers, inviting them to learn more about Qatar’s unique tourism products and services which make for memorable and authentic experiences. In a bid to build more industry ties, QNTC and partner delegates from Qatar are also set to attend match-making sessions with relevant industry representatives from across the world.

Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at QNTC commented, “Under our new identity as QNTC we continue to work with our partners from public and private sectors to develop the business events sector as part of our strategy to develop the tourism sector.” He added, “IBTM World Barcelona is an important platform for us to continue delivering on our plans to enhance the end-to-end Qatar visitor experience.”

Qatar has taken numerous steps to ease visitor access to Qatar such as refining electronic visa systems, improving immigration processes at ports of entry and introducing visa-free entry to citizens and nationals of 88 countries. As a result of these initiatives, the UNWTO recently ranked Qatar the 8th most open country in the world and the most open country in the Middle East.

The country’s openness among other factors, has helped Qatar win a number of bids to host major international events such as the Les Clefs d’Or (UICH) Congress in 2021, All Together Better Health (ATBH) 2020 International Conference, and the 2020 Regional Conference for International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN), to name a few.

Qatar is a rapidly-growing hub for education, sport, research, healthcare and energy. With Qatar Foundation’s Education City hosting branch campuses of 8 international universities, and the cutting-edge Qatar Science & Technology Park, the country offers eye-opening experiences for conference attendees of any background, both inside and beyond the walls of its venues.

Business visitors also benefit from unique cultural experiences through iconic landmarks such as the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village, the vibrant marketplace Souq Waqif and the recently launched Al Enna Project, which aims to enhance the overall desert and camping experience at Sealine Beach. The project entails major expansion and enhancements with the end goal of accommodating up to 15,000 people.

Find Qatar National Tourism Council at Stand J60, IBTM World Barcelona, 27-29 November 2018.

The following partners will be exhibiting at the Qatar Business Events stand:

  1. Marriot Marquis City Center Doha Hotel
  2. Sharq Village and Spa
  3. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel
  4. The Ritz-Carlton Doha
  5. The St. Regis Doha
  6. Arabian Adventures
  7. First Travel & Tourism
  8. Qatar International Adventures
  9. Doha Exhibition and Convention Center

On Stand Events:

  • Tuesday Nov 27 @ 13:00 – 14:00: Networking Lunch for 25-30 hosted buyers
  • Wednesday Nov 28 @ 15:00 – 16:00: Coffee Reception for 10 – 15 Spanish buyers.


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To reach out to a Qatar Business Events Representative at IBTM World, please contact:

Johanna Fischer | Managing Director, TMF Dialogue

For further information, please contact QNTC’s Press Office on:

+974 4499 7882 or +974 3392 4466 |


About Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC)

Qatar National Tourism Council’s mission is to firmly establish Qatar on the global map as a place where cultural authenticity meets modernity, and where people of the world come together to experience unique offerings in culture, sports, business and family entertainment.

The NTC’s work is guided by the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase the sector’s contribution to Qatar’s economy by 2030. In 2017, the Next Chapter of QNTSS was launched, charting the next five years (2018-2023) of the tourism sector’s growth.

Since launching QNTSS, Qatar has welcomed over 10 million visitors. The economic impact of the tourism sector in Qatar is becoming increasingly visible with 2016 estimates showing a total (direct and indirect) contribution to Qatar’s GDP of 6.7%.