Hospitality Qatar 2022 returns as opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector gain new momentum with the country preparing for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

As the much-anticipated FIFA World Cup 2022 is set to kick off in November this year, Hospitality Qatar 2022 will be opening the gates to the global tourism and hospitality industry to provide a platform for them to explore numerous opportunities and business prospects ahead of the international sporting event. Organiser, IFP Qatar, has announced that the seventh edition of the expo will take place from June 21 to 23 at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Qatar has placed tourism at the centre of its growth path and has been investing heavily in ensuring the sector can attract new investments and trade opportunities. Based on the country’s National Vision 2030, it targets attracting more than six million tourist arrivals by 2030 and increasing the sector’s contribution to the GDP by 12% by the same year.

Hospitality Qatar aims at supporting the growth of the sector and the event will provide a venue for stakeholders to explore collaboration and engagement and establish connections with top-level decision makers.

Haidar Mshaimesh, General Manager, IFP Qatar, said: “We are delighted to announce that Hospitality Qatar is in the midst of preparations to welcome local, regional, and international organisations for another high-performing event this year. It is an exciting time for Qatar with the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 taking place later this year, sending strong optimism across the tourism and hospitality industry in the country. Having come out of a challenging year, we are much better positioned to cater to the needs of the sector in their efforts to better understand the markets.

The exhibition will continue to feature simultaneous pioneering activities such as the Hospitality Qatar Conference, a three-day multi-themed conference organised in partnership with Qatar Tourism. The Hospitality Qatar Certified Training Program will also provide professionals with the opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills.

For companies seeking to expand their reach in the Qatari market, the B2B Matchmaking and Hosted Buyers Program will facilitate the business networking of participants and exhibitors and enable them to secure agreements on the spot.

The exhibition will welcome representatives from: hotel supply and design; hotel franchising and investment; and food and beverage, among others. They will have the opportunity to explore the range of activities taking place in the country this year springing from the FIFA World Cup such as staycations, cruise business, exhibitions, food festivals and other external events.

Qatar’s hospitality sector is poised to welcome increased international visitor numbers as more hotel rooms will be completed this year to reach a total of 44,000 rooms, up from the current 30,000. The sector is expected to continue to develop various infrastructure with more than 20 hotels, resorts and other modern recreational facilities set to rise until 2024.✤