Qatar to showcase meetings prowess

The new Qatar National Convention Centre

THE 2012 Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM) will host a dedicated Qatar Pavilion with key exhibitors showcasing the growing opportunities and facilities related to the Qatari meetings industry.

Qatar’s events industry has been under the spotlight since the country won the rights to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup. Securing such a significant international event has led to a huge investment in tourism infrastructure. Qatar’s Mice industry has been developing over the last few years with the addition of conference centres such as the new Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) which adds some 40,000 sq m of exhibition space and a range of conference, meeting and banqueting spaces to the city’s inventory.

“Built to be one of the most sophisticated convention and exhibition centres in the world, QNCC opened on December 4, 2011,” said Trevor McCartney, director of business development, QNCC. As Qatar realises its vision of moving from a carbon-based economy to one of the most dynamic knowledge-based economies in the world, QNCC is facilitating this transition by targeting knowledge-based conferences and exhibitions.

“The centre also acts as a catalyst for economic impact for the country. We are proud to support the growth of the Qatari Mice industry and by taking part in GIBTM we aim to educate regional and international meeting planners on the world-class events spaces that Qatar has to offer,” adds McCartney.

In addition to QNCC, the Qatar Pavilion will host Qatar Airways, Doha Marriot Hotel, Moevenpick Towers and Suites Doha, Swiss-Belhotel Doha, Qatar International Tours, Qatar International Adventures, Retaj Hotels & Hospitality, W Doha Hotel & Residence, QMDI (Qatar Mice Development Institute) and Renaissance Hotels.