Qatar extends free stopover offer; now available to passengers booking through tour operators



The Peninsula

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar Airways have announced that they will continue offering their stopover package until the end of the year, following the excellent results from phase one.

The offer – part of a broader +Qatar campaign – encourages all transit passengers to add Qatar to their travel plans and provides transit passengers with an opportunity to discover the country.

The offering includes free luxury hotel stays and complimentary transit visas. Initially planned to run from May until the end of the summer, the offer will now continue until December 31. During the initial period, the country welcomed 34% more transit passengers compared to the same period in 2016.

QTA and Qatar Airways further announced that the offer will now be extended to passengers booking their travel through tour operators, allowing more people to benefit from the offer of a free overnight stay in a luxury hotel or a two-night stay for the discounted price of $100. In addition to the hotel accommodation, QTA and Qatar Airways are offering a free stopover city tour, which can be booked on arrival at Hamad International Airport.

According to Rashed Al Qurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA, the 100,000th customer of the stopover city tour will be welcomed this month, demonstrating the popularity of this offering.

“We are delighted to extend the +Qatar offer to Qatar Airways passengers, and look forward to welcoming more stopover visitors to Qatar. Over the past eight months, we have seen the portion of our leisure visitors who are also stopover visitors almost double, showing that our strategy to promote Qatar as a stopover destination is on track,” commented Al Qurese.

“We have also seen the numbers of visitors from Europe and the Americas increase over the past period, demonstrating the impact of our efforts to diversify Qatar’s visitor source markets. In the coming period, the +Qatar campaign will be particularly geared towards Australian, African and European travellers.”

Ehab Amin, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer said, “At Qatar Airways, we are always looking for ways to ensure that our passengers have a memorable experience, both on the ground and in the sky. Through this exclusive offer, our stopover passengers will have the opportunity to add Qatar to their travel plans, stay at some of Doha’s finest hotels and enjoy the country’s renowned hospitality.”

Passengers can select from hotels including The Four Seasons, Marriott Marquis, Radisson Blu and Oryx Rotana. The city tours, organised by Discover Qatar, will offer passengers the opportunity to explore Doha and experience desert safari adventures or a dinner cruise aboard a traditional dhow, giving visitors a taste of Qatar’s authentic hospitality.

To be eligible for this offer, passengers need to book their flight on www.qatarairways.com, select ‘multi-city’ and choose their hotel once they receive their flight confirmation. This offer is available for all Qatar Airways passengers, both Premium and Economy, demonstrating the airline’s commitment to its brand ethos of ‘Going Places Together’. To maximise their time in Qatar, visitors can explore additional stopover packages offered by Discover Qatar.

Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Qatar Airways flies to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. The award-winning airline has accelerated its global expansion plans, and recently added a number of new destinations to its expanding global network, including Kyiv, Prague and Dublin.

Qatar Airways also recently launched direct service to Sohar, Nice and Skopje connecting even more people to more places, and making it easier than ever for passengers to visit Qatar as part of their journey. Qatar Airways’ upcoming destinations include Adana, Cardiff, Canberra and Chiang Mai to name just a few.