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60,000 Qataris visit Germany every year, says envoy

60,000 Qataris visit Germany every year, says envoy

CATHERINE W GICHUKI
Doha
About 60,000 Qataris visit Germany every year, Germany’s Ambassador to Qatar HE Hans-Udo Muzel has said.
“Every year, there are about 60,000 Qatari visitors to Germany. We know this from the number of visas issued,” the German envoy said on the sidelines of a roadshow organised by the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) in partnership with premium airline partner Qatar Airways in Doha.
The aim of the event was to promote Germany as a year-round travel destination and to share the country’s latest inbound tourism figures and forecast of the Gulf region.
The ambassador said Qatar is a vibrant market due to the presence of people from different countries. “People from across the world are working here and lots of them travel for business and tourism to Germany,” he noted.
“We are at the heart of Europe. We offer everything as a business destination, travel and tourist trade fair exhibition and congress destination,” he said.
Large number of visas issued by the European countries this year show that there’s a huge influx of travellers from Qatar.
“Travellers from Qatar are welcome to visit Germany. They are guaranteed to find high quality services, luxury accommodation and facilities as well as genuine appreciation for their business. We are very much looking forward to hosting our friends and partners from Qatar in our beautiful country,” the ambassador said.
According to Muzel, a majority of Qatari tourists use Qatar Airways to visit Germany.
He said there is Qatar-German Air Cooperation Air Agreement and Qatar Airways has a huge possibility to develop the German market.
“Qatar Airways is now flying to five destinations in Germany, including Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt. Qatar Airways is flying several times a day.”
“German cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Mannheim are very well developed. We have developed historic city centres to provide great shopping experience, medical services, among others,” he said, adding that Germany has a lot to offer including medical, tourism, shopping, culture and sports.
“We have many Qataris who go to Germany for sports -- training for football, horse riding, among others,” he added.
Talking about investment opportunities for Qatari business people in Germany, the ambassador said they have a programme with Qatari Business Women’s Association and young entrepreneurs. “We are having a new programme which is also under the auspices of Qatar government.”
Nicole Zaspel, Sales and Marketing Manager for the Gulf countries at German National Tourist Office (GNTO), an affiliate of German National Tourist Board (GNTB), said: “Being Germany’s third-largest non-European source market after China and the US, the Gulf region is an extremely important market for us, where its travellers currently stay an average of 11 nights and spend, on average, $5,300 per person per trip, significantly more than other international travellers“.
Qatar Airways Vice President of Doha Sales, Martha Paulos said, “Germany is one of Qatar Airways’ most important markets for both business and leisure travellers alike. As premium airline partner of the German National Tourist Office, we are committed to strengthening our strategic and commercial links with Germany and this roadshow has provided the perfect platform to engage in a fruitful trade and knowledge exchange between our two nations. Through our 35 flights per week from Doha to Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart, we have incredible connectivity to Germany and offer travellers an unrivalled experience with our renowned five-star customer service.”

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