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.

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