Qatar Airways has participated in the Incredible India Tourism Investors’ Summit 2016 (IITIS), reaffirming its commitment to India’s tourism market.
Qatar Airways group chief executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, was part of a CEO panel brought together to discuss ways to create and enable an environment for investment in the tourism sector and to overcome any obstacles to growth.
The panel began with keynote addresses from Mr. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Mr. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion – Government of India. Also present at the panel, among other noted industry experts were, Mr. Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO of Invest India, Ms. Priya Paul, Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd and Mr. Arun Nanda, Chairman CII Tourism & Hospitality Committee & Chairman Club Mahindra.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, having tremendous business opportunities and huge potential, making it a significant market for Qatar Airways. The country continues to show strong economic growth and an increasing demand for airtravel to and from all corners of the globe. The aviation industry contributes significantly to India’s prosperous tourism sector and more liberal air service access is required for the tourism industry to develop even further.
“As a significant contributor to this ongoing development Qatar Airways will remain committed to providing award-winning service, superior on-board products and seamless connections to our expansive network. We currently operate from 13 of India’s cities with more than 100 weekly flights, and offer a premium travel experience with our warm hospitality, world-class service, exclusively tailored to meet travellers’ needs.”
ITIS is a platform for investors across the globe to explore investment opportunities available within India’s tourism sector as well as core supporting infrastructure. It also serves as a constructive forum for local investors to identify opportunities for technical collaboration and global partnerships. Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, was the only Gulf carrier that participated in IITIS 2016 highlighting an unprecedented level of commitment to, and belief in, India’s tourism market.
Qatar Airways’ operations to India cover daily services to Doha from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Chennai, Nagpur and Bengaluru, together with 11-flights-a-week from Cochin and double daily flights from Delhi.