Doha: Aiming to attract more than six million international visitors a year by 2030, Qatar Tourism (QT) opened its first representative office in Tehran, Iran earlier this month, adding to the vast growing network of QT offices around the world.
Marked as QT’s 13th global opening, the office will carry out various promotional activities, including tour operator partnerships, travel agent training, media tours and campaigns, all of which will serve to showcase Qatar as a destination. cosmopolitan and culturally rich for Iranian travelers.
Qatar is an attractive and convenient destination for Iranian tourists, thanks to weekly direct flights from the Iranian cities of Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan to Doha in less than three hours and visa-free entry for Iranian citizens. Additionally, the two countries follow Islamic calendars and can see synchronized holiday seasons, allowing Iranian visitors to travel to Doha for a last-minute getaway or a luxury city break.
Qatar Tourism’s Chief Operating Officer, Berthold Trenkel, said: “Qatar Tourism’s choice of location for the opening of its latest office is testament to the decades-long cultural and business ties between the two countries. Iran is one of 15 target markets identified by Qatar Tourism as a primary source for tourists looking to relax, rejuvenate and soak up some culture. The opening of a representative office in Iran will help support Qatar Tourism’s strategic goals of tripling the number of visitors to Qatar, increasing spending 3-4 times and increasing the contribution of the tourism sector to the GDP at 12% by 2030.”
In addition to vacations where Qatar is the final destination, the country makes an excellent stopover retreat for Iranian travelers willing to continue on to more distant destinations.
Landing at Hamad International Airport, winner of Skytrax’s ‘World’s Best Airport’ title for two consecutive years, tourists can quickly immerse themselves in the many arts, culture and shopping offerings of nearby Doha. Accessible by car or Doha Metro, visitors can explore the world-renowned Museum of Islamic Art, the iconic National Museum of Qatar, and Souq Waqif.