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Hospitality Qatar to ring in the end of COVID-19 era: Mshaimesh

Hospitality Qatar to ring in the end of COVID-19 era: Mshaimesh

Satyendra Pathak
Doha
The holding of ‘Hospitality Qatar 2021’ will be a “formal announcement” of the end of the COVID-19 era for the hospitality and the tourism sector of Qatar, IFP Qatar General Manager Haidar Mshaimesh said on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference to announce the details of the 6th edition of Hospitality Qatar organised by IFP Qatar, Mshaimesh said, “Hospitality Qatar 2021 is good news. It is good news for the organisers of the event and also the hospitality sector. It indicates the return of the sector, it indicates the speed at which the sector has recovered and it indicates the belief the companies, the suppliers, the service providers, the investors have in the future of this sector. This is the reason why they have come back and participating in the event in the same numbers that we have before the COVID-19 in 2019.
“Holding Hospitality Qatar two years after its last edition is important at this time as it confirms the success of the hospitality and tourism sector in Qatar in surpassing the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis, and is now moving forward with its preparations as the host of FIFA World Cup next year,” he said.
Mshaimesh mentioned that the four-day event beginning on November 8 will witness the participation of over 170 exhibitors from more than 30 countries. More than 70 international stakeholders and about 100 Qatari entities will join, which is the same number of participants during its pre-pandemic edition in 2019.
About introducing new activities during this year’s exhibition, he said, “We are introducing a lot of new things this year. This year there will be lots of events. IFP Qatar has prepared a comprehensive and interactive program for this edition in partnership with several government and private stakeholders, most notably the ‘The Countdown Begins’ conference which will be held in partnership with Qatar Tourism.
“Other programmes include the Destination Pavilion sponsored by Qatar Airways, an awards ceremony recognising the best restaurants in Qatar in partnership with talabat, a barista competition to be held in cooperation with Corona International, as well as live cooking shows with the participation of the best chefs in Qatar. The event will also hold a number of training workshops in various areas and other activities to make this edition exceptional.”