(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
The official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations will be held in Doha next month with the support of Katara Hospitality as Hospitality Partner, organisers Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) announced yesterday.
Held under the patronage of Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the event is expected to gather several hundred tourism industry stakeholders from around the world at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel to explore tourism's role in sustainable development.
Katara Hospitality is a global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With a portfolio of 42 hotels spread across three continents in Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel known as the ‘Pyramid of the Gulf' will be the host hotel for WTD.
Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at QTA commented, 'The support of Qatar's foremost hospitality stakeholder to the WTD celebrations demonstrates their commitment to developing a sustainable and vibrant tourism industry in Qatar. He added, 'Together with Katara Hospitality, we look forward to offering our guests a memorable and authentic experience throughout their stay.
Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla, Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality, commented: 'We are pleased to partner with QTA for WTD to promote the contribution of travel and tourism to the global economy. As a key driver of Qatar's diversification, as well as the third largest export industry in the world, tourism plays a highly significant role in sustainable development, both socially and economically.
'Katara Hospitality, together with QTA, is looking forward to bringing together industry partners from across the world to celebrate our sector's continual pursuit of sustainability.
WTD is the official day set aside in the United Nations' calendar to highlight tourism's contribution to some of the most pressing challenges society is faced with today.
This year, the celebrations will be held under the theme ‘Sustainable Tourism A Tool for Development'. This year's celebrations will be the platform for the launch of the Next Chapter of the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030.