The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has opened a
representative office in Mumbai, India.
The eleventh in a network of offices around the globe, the office
is set to tap into one of the fastest-growing outbound tourism
markets in the world, second only to China.
According to United Nations World Tourism
Organization (UNWTO) estimates, India will account for 50 million
outbound tourists by 2020. And, the market for travel and tourism
in India is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate
(CAGR) of around 7.23% during the period 2016-2021.
Rashed AlQurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion
Officer at QTA, said, “The rapid growth of India’s outbound
tourism market in recent years, coupled with QTA’s intensified
efforts to diversify and grow visitor source markets makes it the
right time to establish our on-the-ground presence in India ... The steps taken to make accessing Qatar easier are
particularly targeted at visitors who are seeking to experience
our country’s luxury hospitality and unique cultural offerings,
all while benefiting from the convenience of relatively short
QTA’s representative office in India will
oversee a wide range of promotional initiatives, including
workshops, sales visits, travel agent destination training through
QTA’s online Tawash programme, partnerships with tour operators,
familiarisation trips, media campaigns and a variety of innovative
activities to raise Qatar’s profile as a leisure and business
tourism destination among Indian tourists.
Qatar has become an increasingly accessible
destination for Indian travellers, especially after Qatar waived
entry visa requirements for Indian citizens last year. In the
first quarter of 2018, Qatar welcomed more than 110,000 visitors
Qatar Airways has 100
weekly direct flights connecting the capital Doha to thirteen
major cities across India. These are matched with another 67
weekly flights on board Indian airlines Indigo Airlines, Jet
Airways and Air India Express bringing the total to 167 flights a
QTA’s office in Mumbai closely follows the
opening of a representative office in Moscow, Russia last March.
It joins an international network currently covering the United
Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy,
Turkey, the United States of America, China, Russia, the GCC
markets and South-East Asia.
Qatar Visas for Indian
All Indian nationals can enter Qatar visa-free,
with an allowable length of stay of 30 days. Indian nationals do
not require any prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa
waiver upon arrival to Qatar upon presentation of a valid passport
with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward
ticket. The waiver will be valid for 30 days from the date of
issuance and entitles its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar,
during either a single trip or on multiple trips. The waiver can
also be extended for a further 30 days.
Qatar Tourism Authority.