Qatar Tourism (QT) announced Tuesday it opened earlier this month its first representative office in Tehran, Iran, a move seeking to enhance its vast and growing network of offices around the world with a target to attract over six million international visitors a year by 2030.
Marked as QT's13th global opening, the office will lead various promotional activities, including tour operator partnerships, travel agent destination training, media visits and campaigns, all of which will serve to highlight Qatar as a cosmopolitan and culturally rich destination for travelers from Iran.
Qatar makes for an attractive and convenient destination for tourists from Iran, owing to weekly direct flights from the Iranian cities of Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz, and Isfahan to Doha in less than three hours and visa-free entry for Iranian citizens. In addition, both countries follow Islamic calendars and can see synced holiday seasons, allowing visitors from Iran to travel to Doha for a last-minute getaway or luxurious city break.
Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism Berthold Trenkel said, "Qatar Tourism's choice in the location of its latest office opening is a testament to the decades-long cultural and trade ties between the two countries. Iran is one of 15 target markets identified by Qatar Tourism as a primary source for tourists looking to relax, rejuvenate and soak in some culture.
Opening a representative office in Iran will help support Qatar Tourism's strategic goals to increase the number of visitors to Qatar by threefold, increase spending by 3 to 4 times, and grow the GDP contribution of the tourism sector to 12 percent by 2030." In addition to holidays in which Qatar is the end destination, the country makes for an excellent stopover retreat for Iranian travelers set to continue to farther destinations. Tourists can quickly immerse themselves in Doha's many arts, culture, and retail offerings. Accessed by car or the Doha Metro, visitors can explore the Museum of Islamic Art, National Museum of Qatar, and the historic Souq Waqif open-air market for a taste of what Qatar has to offer, he added.
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