Nov 17, 2021 by NeXTfairs
Doha, Qatar - November 17, 2021: Qatar Travel Mart (QTM) 2021, organised by NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences, has been declared an outstanding success with the overwhelming response it has received from sponsors and partners as well as exhibitors.
Huge footfalls over two days have exceeded all predictions with positive feedback from stakeholders and exhibitors alike. Country pavilions and tourism boards were excited to be in Qatar to meet local and international industry leaders. In particular exhibitors were using B2B matchmaking tools to boost business connections with other exhibitors and hosted buyers. QTM’s introduction of a B2B matchmaking and lead retrieval platform lived up to its promise to be a precise and efficient online scheduling platform for business meetings. It assisted exhibitors and hosted buyers to organise productive meetings that led to high quality leads. Exhibitors using this tool for lead retrieval were happy to see how easy it was to keep records of visitors they met and then follow up for future business.
The QTM event, the first of its kind, is under the Patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani and its first few days saw it attracting tremendous support from numerous industry sponsors and partners.
The event’s high-profile three-day Conference also proved a success as it covered topics such as what the future holds for travel and tourism, new developments and the recovery efforts of Qatar and the world. Talks and panel discussions shared insights and best practice. The great line up of high-profile travel & tourism experts from around the world as speakers included Nigel Fell – President & CEO of The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH), Philippe Francois – President of the World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training (AMFORHT), Dr Cristina Ortega Nuere – Chief Scientific and COO of the World Leisure Organization, Florian Sengstschmid - CEO of Azerbaijan Tourism Board, Emad Abu Jalala - CEO Gulf Adventures, Dr Ivan Ninov - Executive Dean of Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU), Sergey Sukhanov - CEO of Corporation Tourism, RF, JSC, Nuno Anahory - Chairman of Forum Portugal Qatar, Dr Sunny - Managing Director of Maldives Halal Travel Guide, Nick Wilkinson - Regional Vice President of the Norwegian Cruise Line, Rick Enders-Cluster General Manager, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, H.E. Ridwan Hasan- Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the State of Qatar, and Ariella Kageruka- Acting Chief Tourism Officer in Rwanda Tourist Board, in addition to other keynote speakers.
Rawad Sleem, Co-Founder and General Manager of NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences, explained: “The first two days of Qatar Travel Mart have been a huge success and we are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response from sponsors and partners as well as exhibitors. Exhibitors are especially pleased with the number of deals that they have generated to boost their businesses and appreciated being able to interact with so many visitors who have attended our first show. QTM has demonstrated how it serves as a platform to attract industry peers and countries from all over the world. This year’s event has also signalled the resurgence of the industry and shone a spotlight on the development of travel and tourism in Qatar as we near the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ next year. With the world’s economies showing signs of recovery post pandemic, this is the perfect time for us to have launched QTM.”
“Our B2B matchmaking platform has proved a great hit with exhibitors and hosted buyers and contributed significantly to their success. The media familiarisation trip we organised for the international and national press has taken off with a bang with an agenda to showcase what Qatar has to offer, ranging from a city tour and Dhow boat trip on the water to a hot balloon ride in the air. We are delighted with the results so far establishing QTM as a significant milestone date in the tourism industry’s calendar moving forward.”
Over 12 countries committed to enacting vibrant cultural performances in the Global Village to celebrate their country’s heritage. These performances in the Global Village took place each day to showcase each country’s heritage, with Indonesia, Thailand, Portugal, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan all participating.
As a thank-you gift for all their support, sponsors, partners and exhibitors all received certificates from the organiser, showing appreciation for their patronage at the first QTM2021.
QTM 2021 managed to attract an impressively large number of international guests and expats who live in Qatar. People were especially interested in meeting their country’s representatives.
*Countries attending include: Australia, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Maldives, Malta, Mozambique, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, UK and USA
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