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Qatar Tourism Board opens first office in Tehran to boost World Cup travel – Doha News

The new office in Iran is the latest addition to Qatar Tourism Board’s international network of representative offices that also have footholds in Australia, India, China and the United States.

Qatar Tourism Board has opened its first representative office in the Iranian capital, launching its 13th global office.

The office oversees various marketing initiatives, including partnerships with tour operators, destination training for travel agents, media visits and advertising. All of this positions Qatar as a “cosmopolitan and culturally diverse” experience option for travelers from Iran.

“Qatar Tourism Board’s choice of newest office location is a testament to the decades-long cultural and trade ties between the two countries. Iran is one of the 15 target markets identified by Qatar Tourism Board, It is the main source of information for tourists looking to relax, rejuvenate and immerse themselves in culture,” said Berthold Trenkel, COO of Qatar Tourism.

Weekly direct flights between Doha and various Iranian cities, namely Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad and Isfahan, typically take less than three hours, offering a convenient tier for the avid traveler.

Iranian passport holders can enter the country visa-free and Iranian citizens are exempt from previous visa arrangements. Alternatively, citizens can choose to obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. It is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and can be extended for an additional 30 days.

However, hotel bookings covering the entire stay must be confirmed via the Discover Qatar platform.

Mr. Trenkel added about the profit distribution of the Iran representative office. sector he will raise to 12% by 2030. “

This is also because the two Persian Gulf countries have agreed to step up their bilateral efforts in the tourism and transport sectors, especially during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November.

Qatar and Iran boost tourism

Qatar signed a number of cooperation agreements in April, mostly in the areas of air transport and major football tournaments.

The agreement included a document signed during a meeting of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. visit to Qatar in February. A document detailing the grounds for his three bilateral documents in the field of aviation, an agreement on maritime transport, and cooperation on the World Cup. A total of six documents were activated or freshly inked, according to. Islamic Republic News Agency.

During a meeting between Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Rostan Qasemi and Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif AlSulaiti, discussion The launch of regular shipping routes between Iranian and Qatar ports was also highlighted.

The signed agreement included operations to link the Doha Flight Intelligence Region, established pursuant to International Civil Aviation Organization resolutions, with Iran’s Air Intelligence Region.

A bilateral agreement was also signed to increase the number of flights between Qatar and Iran.

Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also proposed a visa waiver plan to allow FIFA World Cup visitors to enter Tehran free of charge. mail news agency report.

The anticipated free visa scheme could cover nationals of countries that have qualified for the World Cup. However, this does not include US, UK, Canada, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Somalia and Sri Lanka passport holders.

About 400 direct flights from Iran’s Kish Island to Qatar will also be launched in time for the 2022 World Cup to further expand Iran’s tourism sector.

Gulf States agree to implement 400 flights Four cruise ships also sail from Kish to the Gulf country. This is part of a bilateral effort to promote cooperation in the tourism sector.

The World Cup is seen as a new opportunity to promote Iran as a regional tourism hub and an opportunity to confront “Iranophobic” sentiments.

The World Cup is “an important opportunity for Iran to show its true face in an effort to dampen so-called anti-Iranian sentiment,” said Iran’s deputy tourism minister.

Expert He said Iran’s tourism had already plummeted before the Covid-19 outbreak. Analysts say media bias and ‘iranophobic’ sentiment also contribute to the lack of tourism and foreign investment.

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