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In a bid to ensure tourists and visitors enjoy a warm welcome and seamless visitor experience, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has announced the opening of several tourism information centres and kiosks at the various ports of entry to Qatar.
As the country receives large numbers of visitors, thanks to the numerous ongoing festivals taking place this winter, including Shop Qatar, Souq Waqif Festival, Katara Winter Festival and Souq Al Wakrah Spring Festival, QTA has opened several tourism centres and kiosks. According to Rashed Al Qurese, QTA's Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer, the development of the information centres came as a result of a thorough research process in which QTA mapped out tourists' experiences from the time they plan a trip to the country, through to their bookings and arrival in Qatar. Research has shown that many GCC visitors prefer to make hotel reservations and trip plans upon arrival, which encouraged QTA to set up a permanent information centre at the Abu Samra crossing. An information desk has also been established at Doha Port, giving cruise visitors access to information about Qatar 's must-see tourism landmarks immediately after they disembark. Another QTA kiosk has opened in the transit area of Hamad International Airport (HIA), offering an opportunity to the 30 million travellers passing through HIA to experience Qatar virtually through a video telescope showing 360-degree videos of the destination. It also hosts a photo booth, which visitors can use to eternalise their memories of Qatar, and visitor brochures available in six languages.