Qatar Sum­mer Fes­ti­val re­turns big­ger and bet­ter in 2017

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Held un­der the theme “Colour Your Sum­mer”, QSF is a na­tion­wide fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates the coun­try’s fam­ily entertainment, re­tail and hos­pi­tal­ity of­fer­ings.

In a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion this year’s QSF will stretch be­yond the usual month-long pe­riod, to run from Eid Al Fitr through to Eid Al Adha.

The Fes­ti­val’s shop­ping pro­mo­tions will be­gin a few days ear­lier, al­low­ing shop­pers to en­joy QSF’s ex­cit­ing dis­counts and of­fers dur­ing the last few days of Ra­madan, as they shop in preparation for Eid Al Fitr.

Ms. Mashal Shah­bik, di­rec­tor of fes­ti­vals and tourism events at QTA, said, “The in­ci­dence of both Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha dur­ing the sum­mer months this year cre­ated the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for us to merge the Eid Cel­e­bra­tions in Qatar and Qatar Sum­mer Fes­ti­val into a con­tin­u­ous, two-month long fes­ti­val. In ad­di­tion to hav­ing a longer QSF, tourists will also have more to choose from in terms of entertainment, shop­ping dis­counts and ho­tel of­fers.”

Mr. Ah­mad Abu Nahia, head of pub­lic re­la­tions at Qatar Cham­ber com­mented: “Qatar Sum­mer Fes­ti­val 2017 is now an im­por­tant eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, aligned with the development strat­egy.

It rep­re­sents a part­ner­ship be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, and it is es­pe­cially im­por­tant as it co­in­cides with the off-peak tourist sea­son.

It will en­cour­age in­ter­nal tourism and at­tracts tourists to Qatar, es­pe­cially from the neigh­bor­ing Gulf coun­tries, where peo­ple be­lieve that Qatar is a des­ti­na­tion for fam­ily tourism in the re­gion,” he con­tin­ued.

Over half of Qatar’s ho­tel es­tab­lish­ments have part­nered with QSF to en­sure a warm wel­come to vis­i­tors dur­ing the Fes­ti­val’s 2017 edi­tion, rep­re­sent­ing a 35% in­crease from last year.

Ho­tel part­ners are of­fer­ing spe­cial pack­ages, which in­clude of­fers to pay for two nights and stay for three in ho­tels, and pay for five nights and stay for six in ho­tel apart­ments.

Se­lect es­tab­lish­ments will pro­vide ad­di­tional in­cen­tives cov­er­ing a va­ri­ety of op­tions, in­clud­ing free trans­fers to and from Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port, free break­fasts, late check-outs, free meals for chil­dren when ac­com­pa­nied by their par­ents (a max­i­mum of three chil­dren per fam­ily), free re­turn trips to cul­tural and re­tail land­marks.

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