Speakers at the QTM 2021 conference in Doha.

Doha: The ongoing Qatar Travel Mart (QTM) 2021 has drawn huge crowds since opening and has received an overwhelming response from sponsors, partners as well as exhibitors.

Organized by NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences, the three-day event will conclude today at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).

National pavilions and tourist offices during the event were delighted to be in Qatar to meet local and international industry leaders. In particular, exhibitors used B2B networking tools to strengthen business relationships with other exhibitors and hosted buyers.

QTM 2021, the first of its kind, is taking place under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani and its first two days have garnered considerable support from many sponsors and partners of industry.

The high-profile three-day conference was also a success as it covered topics such as “What the future holds for travel and tourism” and “New developments and recovery efforts in Qatar and the world” . Discussions and panel discussions shared ideas and best practices from a roster of global travel and tourism experts, including Nigel Fell, President and CEO of the World Tourism Association for Culture and Tourism. heritage (WTACH), Philippe François, President of the World Association for Education and Training in Hospitality and Tourism (AMFORHT), Dr Cristina Ortega Nuere, Scientific Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Leisure Organization, Florian Sengstschmid, General Manager of Azerbaijan Tourism Board, Emad Abu Jalala, General Manager of Gulf Adventures, Dr Ivan Ninov, Executive Dean of Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU), Sergey Sukhanov, CEO of Tourism Corporation, RF , JSC, Nuno Anahory, President of Forum Portugal Qatar, Dr Sunny, General Manager of Maldives Halal Travel Guide, Nick Wilkinson, Regional Vice President of Norwegian Cruise Line, Rick Enders, Director General of the JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Group, HE Ridwan Hasan, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the State of Qatar, and Ariella Kageruka, Acting Head of Tourism at the Rwanda Tourism Board, in addition to ‘other keynote speakers.

Rawad Sleem, Co-Founder and Managing Director of NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences explained: “The first two days of the Qatar Travel Mart have been a huge success and we are delighted with the very positive response from the sponsors and partners as well as the exhibitors. Exhibitors are particularly satisfied with the number of deals they generated to boost their activity and appreciated being able to interact with so many visitors who attended our first show. QTM has demonstrated how it serves as a platform to attract peers from industry and countries around the world. This year’s event also signaled the resurgence of the industry and highlighted the development of travel and tourism in Qatar in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar next year. With global economies showing signs of recovery from the pandemic, now is the perfect time for us to have launched QTM ”.

He added: “Our B2B matchmaking platform has been very successful with exhibitors and hosted buyers and has contributed significantly to their success. The media familiarization trip we organized for the international and national press got off to a flying start with a program to showcase what Qatar has to offer, ranging from a city tour and a dhow excursion on water to a hot air balloon ride in the air. We are delighted with the results achieved so far, making QTM an important date in the tourism industry’s calendar for the future ”.