Qatari Hotels Association signed an MoU with the Italian hoteliers' association Federalberghi in Rome.
Federalberghi is the largest organisation concerned with the hotel and tourism sector in Italy and includes 27,000 hotels as members.
The agreement was signed by the Qatari Business Association Chairman HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani and Bernabe Boca, chairman of Federalberghi.
From QBA, Sheikh Mohamed bin Faisal al-Thani attended the meeting in addition to Sheikh Turki bin Faisal al-Thani; Tarek al-Sayed, Artic CEO and Sarah Abdallah, QBA deputy general manager.
HE Sheikh Faisal said the agreement is the first for the Qatari Hotels Association outside Qatar and will be followed by other agreements. Italy has been selected as one of the world’s leading destinations for tourism.
“With the World Cup approaching, we need to seize the opportunity to promote our country Qatar as a touristic destination to attract international football fans and to introduce Qatar’s readiness for this global event, and as we previously emphasised, Qatar’s hotels are ready for the fans and tourists from the different continents”
Boca stated that the Italian organisation is a leading organisation in the tourism and hospitality sector in his country, expressing his desire to co-operate with the Qatari hotels to enhance partnership with the Qatari market, stressing out that they have more than 27,000 hotels out of a total of about 33,000 hotels in Italy, through 131 regional associations.
He said Federalberghi is also a founding member of the European Federation of Hotels and Restaurants, along with other international organisations.
The two parties agreed to strengthen economic ties and relations between the two countries and to continue promoting bilateral cooperation in the hotel sector between their members.
The memorandum of understanding will support in promoting tourism investments between the two countries, analysing and evaluating the regional and sectoral potentials for tourism with the aim of sustainable regional and economic development, in addition to engaging in strategic dialogue for investment and partnership opportunities.
Qatari Hotels Association delegation met Massimo Garavaglia, the Italian Minister of Tourism, who welcomed the delegation and expressed his happiness at the signing of the agreement between the two organisations.
He pointed out that there are many investment opportunities in the tourism sector in Italy.
Sheikh Faisal stressed the importance of Italy as a key location in global tourism, which attracted the interest of the Qatari Hotels Association.