Qatar Airways hailed its partnership of the
inaugural Business Travel Market in London a huge success with the
two-day event attracting hosted corporate travel buyers from
The Doha-based airline was a Platinum sponsor of the show, held at the ExCeL
Conference Centre in east London.
Qatar Airways used the
show as the platform to announce the global roll-out of its
corporate travel rewards programme for small and medium-sized
companies, and also reveal December 6 as the launch date of its
Australian flights to Melbourne.
Hundreds of visiting
European corporate travel buyers were hosted by show organisers
and had invitations to Qatar Airways’ VIP Hosted Buyer Lounge,
where they enjoyed the airline’s award-winning Five Star
Delegates were also able to sample the
airline’s inflight experience on the Qatar Airways exhibition
stand by trying out its new long-haul Business Class seats, which
convert into fully-flat beds.
Qatar Airways Chief
Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the show lived up to its
promise of attracting key corporate travel buyers.
are the very people who book travel for their employees. With
corporate travel budgets constrained in the current economic
climate, it is vital that travel companies like ourselves remain
at the forefront to help establish, renew and build on
relationships,” he said.
“The Business Travel Market was a
perfect opportunity for Qatar Airways to showcase its
wonderful hospitality to European corporate travel
buyers, and indeed rest of the travel industry present
at the show. Qatar Airways has signed a three-year
commitment for sponsorship of the show and we look
forward to being back in London next year.”
Airways’ UK Area Manager Rachel Finn added, “Business Travel Market has been a terrific platform to conduct
business. The quality of the VIP hosted buyers has been
outstanding and we were delighted to have participated with a
number of successful and constructive meetings having taken place
during the two days.”
The show also attracted positive
response from hosted buyers.
Lee Whiting, UK Travel Manager
for HSBC Bank, said, “Overall the show was very good. Qatar
Airways’ sponsorship and VIP lounge worked extremely well.”
Geoff Allwright, Head of Travel and Expenses at Airbus, added:
“The Qatar Airways VIP lounge was fantastic for meetings – superb
service, fantastic food. I’ll definitely be here next year.”
Qatar Airways serves more than 80 key business and leisure destinations
using a modern fleet of 68 Boeing and Airbus aircraft. By 2013,
the fleet size will almost double to 110 aircraft with more than
200 aircraft on order worth over US$40 billion for delivery over
the next few years.
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