Infrastructure boom moves Qatar up MICE table
These figures were outlined by the organisers of the upcoming Gulf Incentives, Business, Travel and Meetings (GIBTM) conference in Abu Dhabi, which will focus on a market that the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has labelled as “by far the largest piece of the tourism pie”.
GIBTM exhibition manager Lois Hall said: “Qatar’s position as a convention destination of growing global prowess, is evident having moved up 49 places to reach 111th position in the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) league table of busiest global meetings cities for 2012.”
“A multi-billion dollar investment plan earmarked for tourism-related projects will surely promote Qatar further up the rankings and attract the interest of global meeting planners seeking world-class facilities, such as GIBTM’s select group of influential Hosted Buyers from Europe, Asia and The Americas,” she added.
According to GIBTM’s figures, Qatar is already skewed heavily towards MICE business as the industry contributes almost $13 billion (6.7%) to GDP and accounted for 72% of all visitors to the state in 2011.
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