Hassan Al Ibrahim, acting chairman at Qatar Tourism Authority, commented: “It continues to be an exciting period of rapid growth for Qatar’s cruise tourism sector, which will witness more firsts this season.
“We are pleased to see our local partners join in our efforts to develop services and products specifically for cruise visitors.
“They are an ideal complement to our partnerships with leading international agencies and we look forward to continue drawing a growing number of visitors to Qatar’s shores to enjoy the country’s pleasant winter weather.”
He added: “These developments highlight the opportunities for investors to develop authentic and memorable experiences that reinforce Qatar’s position as a hub to discover.”
QTA recently signed an agreement with the German Aida Cruises and the Italian Costa Cruises to place Qatar on the two companies’ winter itineraries as well as to cooperate in designing special promotion packages for their passengers.
As part of the agreements, luxury ship AIDAprima and Costa Mediterranea are expected make their maiden trips to Doha Port this season.
Between them, the two cruise lines will bring up to a quarter of this season’s passengers to Doha.