Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) have partnered to offer transit passengers an opportunity to discover Doha with free luxury hotel stays and complimentary transit visas. It is a part of a campaign called +Qatar.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage the transit passengers to consider adding Qatar to their itinerary. “The promotion invites all Qatar Airways passengers to add Doha to their vacation by taking advantage of a free one-night hotel stay from a selection of the country’s best four- and five-star hotels in the capital, Doha,” the airline said in a press statement.
Passengers can choose from the following hotels – The Four Seasons, Marriott Marquis, Radisson Blu and Oryx Rotana. “The free hotel accommodation, available throughout the summer, will offer passengers the opportunity to explore Doha and experience city tours, desert safari adventures or a dinner cruise aboard a traditional dhow, giving visitors a taste of authentic Arabian hospitality, courtesy of Discover Qatar,” the statement noted.
In order to be eligible for the offer, passengers must book their flight on www.qatarairways.com. It is available for both Premium and Economy passengers.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker said: “Qatar Airways is more than just a national flag-carrier for Qatar; we are proudly patriotic and want to share Qatar’s many exciting attractions with our passengers from around the world. This exclusive initiative provides the opportunity to add an extra element to our passengers’ existing travel plans with a complimentary hotel stay in some of Doha’s finest hotels.
QTA chief tourism development officer Hassan al-Ibrahim said: “With the launch of +Qatar, we aim to convert a larger portion of the 30mn passengers passing through Hamad International Airport into stopover visitors. We are delighted to make Qatar more accessible to people from around the world and invite them to discover our country, our cultural heritage and our natural treasures.”
The announcement coincides with the airlines celebration of its 20th year of operations. Stressing it was a “great source of pride for all of us in Qatar when we launched the transit visa last November”, Qatar Tourism Authority chief tourism development officer Hassan al-Ibrahim said there has been a “surge in stopover passengers”, with a 53% increase recorded in March 2017 compared to the same month last year.